No. 4 Men's Track and Field Picks Up Win at Bowdoin Invitational II

MIT's Josh Derrick running on the track.


- Location: Farley Fieldhouse at Bowdoin College - (Brunswick, Maine.)

- The Lead: Led by the top triple jump in the nation from sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel), the No. 4 ranked MIT men's indoor track and field team captured the Bowdoin Invitational II on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers finished with 206 points, while Tufts University was second with 101 points.


- The Engineers captured 10 events on Saturday with Shaoul sweeping the triple jump and long jump. In the triple, Shaoul posted a leap of 48 feet, 4.75 inches and in the long jump, he finished with a jump of 23 feet, 2.75 inches. That mark currently ranks him 10th in the country.

- Senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) won the 5,000 meters in 14:38.70 and is ranked fifth in the nation with a converted time of 14:29.39. Junior Steven Goldy (Centennial, Colo.) was second in the 5K in 15:26.01 and junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) completed the sweep in third in a time of 15:35.30.

- Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) won the 200 meters and was second in the 60 meters with times of 22.51 and 7.11 seconds, respectively. He is ranked 10th nationally in the 200 with a converted time of 22.12.

- In the high jump, first-year Caleb Harris (Franklin, Tenn.) picked up the victory with a height of six feet, 6.75 inches that has him ranked ninth in the country. Junior Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) finished third as he cleared six feet, 2.75 inches.

- Senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) earned wins in the shot put and weight throw with throws of 48 feet, 10.25 inches and 53 feet, seven inches. In the shot, first-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) was second at 48 feet, 6.75 inches, while junior Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) was third in the weight throw with a distance of 49 feet, nine inches.

- Junior Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) won the 800 meters in 1:58.78 and is 28th nationally currently. First-year Matthew Kearney (Austin, Texas) earned the victory in 3,000 in 8:50.63, followed in third by first-year Nicky Medearis (Palo Alto, Calif.) with a time of 8:55.76.

- In the 4x800 relay, the team of Josh Derrick (Winnetka, Ill.), Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.), Matt Schofield (Shorewood, Ill.) and Ellery Rajagopal (Harrison, N.Y.) picked up the win in a time of 8:06.18. Schofield was also third in the 600 meters as he crossed in 1:24.81.

- Senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) finished third in both the 1,000 meters and mile with times of 2:32.60 and 4:22.99. Sophomore Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.) placed second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 14 feet, 11 inches. 


- Below are the current top-20 rankings for the Engineers, from meets up to this point in the season as listed at

10. Benton Wilson - 22.12 

5. Josh Rosenkranz - 14:29.39

High Jump
6. Alec Reduker - 6' 7.5"
9. Caleb Harris - 6' 6.75"

Pole Vault
9. Liam Ackerman - 15' 5.5"

Long Jump
10. Yorai Shaoul - 23' 2.75"

Triple Jump
1. Yorai Shaoul - 48' 4.75"


- MIT returns to action on January 25-26 as the Engineers compete at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University and the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University.


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