- Location: Reggie Lewis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)
- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 7 MIT men's indoor track and field team competed at the NEICAAA Championship in Boston and the Cupid Challenge at Tufts University. The Engineers finished 25th out of 27 teams at New England's with four points, while there were no team scores kept at the Cupid Challenge.
HOW IT HAPPENED AT NEICAAA's:
- Sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) competed at New England's and finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, two inches.
HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE CUPID CHALLENGE:
- Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) won the 200 meters in a meet-record time of 22.21, besting the mark of 22.38 that was previously held by MIT's Tre Albritten from 2016. His time is 10th all-time at MIT and his converted time of 21.82 places him 10th nationally. In addition, Wilson was also seventh in the 60-meter finals as he crossed in 7.36 seconds.
- First-year Andrew Mah (Newton, Mass.) crossed in fourth in the 5,000 meters in 14:49.27 as he was just two seconds off the MIT rookie record. His time after being converted to 14:39.85 ranks him 15th on the national list.
- Senior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) led four top-10 finishers in the pole vault as he cleared 14 feet, 11 inches. Junior Raja Rajcic (Lubbock, Texas) was fourth at 13 feet, 5.25 inches, followed by sophomore Max Hardy (Houston, Texas) in eighth with the same height. Sophomore Everett Brandyberry (Hill City, Kan.) placed ninth, clearing 12 feet, 11.5 inches. Cameron's mark currently ranks him 28th in the country.
- In the throws, the Engineers had five top-10 finishers in the shot put and four in the weight throw. First-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) won the shot in 49 feet, 5.5 inches and was fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 47 feet, 9.25 inches.
- Senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) finished third in the shot at 46 feet, 10 inches and second in the weight throw at 55 feet, 2.75 inches. Junior Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) was fourth in both the shot put and weight throw, posting distances of 44 feet, 0.25 inches and 49 feet, 7.25 inches.
- First-year Ryan Nall (Lafayette, Calif.) placed fifth in the shot put at 42 feet, 11 inches to go along with a 10th-place performance in the weight throw at 44 feet, 5.5 inches. First-year Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio) placed seventh in the shot put, throwing a distance of 42 feet, 5.25 inches.
- First-year Caleb Harris (Franklin, Tenn.) led three Engineers in the top 10 in the high jump with a runner-up height of five feet, 10.75 inches. Sophomore Joachim Kennedy (Nashville, Tenn.) and senior Feyisope Eweje (Jacksonville, N.C.) each cleared five feet, 8.75 inches to finish seventh and eighth, respectively.
- Junior Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) was third in the triple jump at 41 feet, one inch. First-year George Stultz (Frederick, Md.) and Kennedy were eighth and ninth in the long jump, posting distances of 19 feet, 8.25 inches and 19 feet, 5.25 inches.
- On the track in the 600, first-year Reed Foster (Palo Alto, Calif.) was fourth in 1:25.02 and was followed in seventh by first-year Nick Duchatellier (Dix Hills, N.Y.) in 1:26.10. First-year Matthew Kearney (Austin, Texas) was fifth in the mile at 4:19.56 as three Engineers were in the top 10. Senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) crossed in seventh at 4:24.10, along with sophomore Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.) in ninth at 4:26.42.
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.
10. Benton Wilson - 21.82
15. Benton Wilson - 49.16
15. Josh Rosenkranz - 8:23.35
16. Liam Ackerman - 15' 5.5"
13. Yorai Shaoul - 23' 2.75"
1. Yorai Shaoul - 48' 5.25"
- MIT returns to action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on February 8th and 9th. The Engineers also host the Gordon Kelly Invitational, which takes place on Saturday, February 9th.