No. 5 Men's Indoor Track and Field Competes at BU and Tufts

Photo by Malcolm Slaney
Photo by Malcolm Slaney

THE BASICS:

- Location: Boston University Track and Tennis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)

- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 5 MIT men's indoor track and field team competed at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic and the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University. There were no team scores at the BU meet, while the Engineers were fourth overall out of 19 teams at Tufts with a total of 71.5 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT BU:

- Sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) placed fourth overall with a triple jump of 48 feet, 5.25 to rank as the national leader for the second straight week in the event. Shaoul was the NCAA national runner-up in the triple jump last year at both the indoor and outdoor national championships. 

- Senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) was second in his heat and ranks eighth in the country with a time of 8:23.35 in the 3,000 meters. First-year Matthew Kearney (Austin, Texas) is 18th nationally and was fourth in his 3K heat as well, crossing in 8:28.13. Senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) also competed in the 3K, finishing in 8:35.33.

- Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) finished second in his heat in the 400 in 49.16 seconds, which is ranked No. 11 nationally. He was also second in his heat in the 200 in 22.06 and is No. 23 in the country. Junior Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) ran a time of 1:54.28 in the 800, placing fourth in his heat to rank 14th in the nation.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT TUFTS:

- Junior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) captured the high jump and is now fifth in the nation with a winning jump of six feet, nine inches. First-year Caleb Harris (Franklin, Tenn.) was second at six feet, 0.75 inches, while junior Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) placed fourth with a height of five feet, 10.75 inches. 

- For the final event win for the Engineers, junior Josh Derrick (Winnetka, Ill.) picked up the victory in the 5,000 in a time of 15:35.04. First-year Alexander Liu (Belle Mead, N.J.) was seventh in the 200 in 24.55, while sophomore Ellery Rajagopal (Harrison, N.Y.) was seventh in the 800 in 2:00.47. First-year Matt Schofield (Shorewood, Ill.) was 10th in the 800, crossing in 2:02.72.

- In the 1,000, first-year Alec Nguyen (Rosemead, Calif.) scored with his seventh-place showing in 2:39.22, along with junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) in ninth at 2:40.52. Sophomore Jake Jorgensen (Devon, Pa.) was sixth in the mile with a time of 4:28.29, while first-year Nicky Medearis (Palo Alto, Calif.) was the final scorer at 4:32.04.

- In the pole vault, the Engineers placed three finishers in the top eight with sophomore Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.) pacing the team in fifth at 14 feet, 5.25 inches. Sophomore Max Hardy (Houston, Texas) placed seventh at 13 feet, 5.25 inches, followed in eighth by sophomore Everett Brandyberry (Hill City, Kan.) with an identical height.

- In the shot put, first-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) was second as the Engineers had four throwers in the top 10. Woltmann posted a toss of 49 feet, 2.25 inches, followed by senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) in fifth at 46 feet, nine inches. First-year Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio) scored in eighth place at 45 feet, one inch, along with a 10th-place showing from first-year Ryan Nall (Lafayette, Calif.) at 43 feet, 3.25 inches.

- Fakkema was third in the weight throw in 55 feet, 4.25 inches, while Nall was sixth (49' 9.75" and junior Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) placed ninth with a distance of 48 feet, 0.50 inches.

TOP-20 NCAA RANKINGS:

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

400m
11. Benton Wilson 49.16

800m
14. Simon Alford 1:54.28

3,000m
8. Josh Rosenkranz 8:23.35
18. Matthew Kearney 8:28.13

5,000m
5. Josh Rosenkranz 14:29.39

High Jump
5. Alec Reduker 6' 9"
15. Caleb Harris 6' 6.75"

Pole Vault
15. Liam Ackerman 15' 5.5"

Long Jump
11. Yorai Shaoul 23' 2.75"

Triple Jump
1. Yorai Shaoul 48' 5.25"

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on February 1-2 at the NEICAAA Indoor Championship, which is being held this year at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

STAY CONNECTED:

- For the latest on MIT Athletics, follow the Engineers via social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.