No. 7 Men's Track and Field Picks Up Six Events Wins Over the Weekend

Photo by Malcolm Slaney
Photo by Malcolm Slaney

THE BASICS:

- Location: Boston University Track and Tennis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Johnson Athletic Center (Cambridge, Mass.)

- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 7 MIT men's indoor track and field team competed at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at BU and the Gordon Kelly Invitational at MIT.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITATIONAL:

- On Saturday in the mile, senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) was third in his heat with a time of 4:12.38 that ranks 20th in the country. Sophomore Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.) won his heat of the mile as he crossed in 4:14.86.

- In the final event of the meet, the Engineers had four runners compete in the 5,000 meters. First-year Andrew Mah (Newton, Mass.) was 16th in his heat and 47th overall in a time of 14:57.79. Junior Josh Derrick (Winnetka, Ill.) ran a time of 15:09.38, while sophomore Finn Jacobson-Schulte (Lakeville, Minn.) crossed in 15:27.63 and graduate student Alex Knoedler (Canon City, Colo.) ran 15:34.61.

- Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) placed third in his heat of the 200 and was 19th out of 203 runners as he tied his career-best of 21.82 seconds. That time is currently ranked 12th nationally.

- Junior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) was sixth in the high jump at six feet, 6.75 inches, while junior Steven Goldy (Centennial, Colo.) and first-year Matthew Kearney (Austin, Texas) both competed in the 3,000 meters. Goldy was sixth in his heat and ran 8:43.32, while Kearney finished 13th in his heat and ran a time of 8:32.10.

- In the 800, first-year Aiden Foucault Etheridge (Leverett, Mass.) was second in his heat in 1:54.45, while first-year Reed Foster (Palo Alto, Calif.) won his heat and ran 1:55.28. Junior Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) was ninth in his heat of 1,000 meters in 2:30.07, along with a time of 2:32.02 from junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) that placed him fifth in his heat. In the 400 meters, first-year Nick Duchatellier (Dix Hills, N.Y.) crossed in 49.85 seconds to finish second in his heat and 65th out of 192 runners.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE GORDON KELLY INVITATIONAL:

- In the heptathlon, sophomore Joachim Kennedy (Nashville, Tenn.) captured the event with a total of 4,384 points. Posting a time of 7.53 seconds in the 60 meters, he also had distances of 20 feet, 7.75 inches in the long jump and 25 feet, 1.25 inches in the shot put. Kennedy also cleared five feet, 11.25 inches in the high jump, ran 8.78 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, cleared 11 feet, 1.75 inches in the pole vault and ran 2:46.98 in the 1,000 meters. His total of 4,384 points currently ranks No. 27 nationally in Division III.

- The Engineers won six events at the Gordon Kelly meet, including both the shot put and weight throw. First-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) was first in the shot at 48 feet, 1.75 inches to lead four Engineers in the top five. First-year Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio) finished third at 45 feet 6.25 inches, while junior Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) was fourth and first-year Ryan Nall (Lafayette, Calif.) placed fifth. Menio threw 44 feet, four inches, while Nall tossed a throw of 43 feet, 1.75 inches.

- In the weight throw, senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) placed first at 59 feet, two inches and is currently 21st nationally. Nall was fourth at 51 feet, 0.25 inches and Menio placed sixth at 49 feet, 11.75 inches.

- Sophomore Ellery Rajagopal (Harrison, N.Y.) was first in the 800 at 2:00.88, while first-year Matt Schofield (Shorewood, Ill.) placed second in 2:02.75.

- First-year Alec Nguyen (Rosemead, Calif.), sophomore Jake Jorgensen (Devon, Pa.) and first-year Alexander Liu (Belle Mead, N.J.) all earned victories on the afternoon. Nguyen took the 1,000 in 2:42.74, while Jorgensen ran 4:35.78 in the mile and Liu won the 200 in 23.59 seconds. Liu also won his heat of 60 meters and was second overall in a time of 7.16 seconds. 

- Sophomore Everett Brandyberry (Hill City, Kan.) led three Engineers in the top 10 of the pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 11.25 inches to place third. Junior Raja Rajcic (Lubbock, Texas) and sophomore Max Hardy (Houston, Texas) each cleared 13 feet, 5.25 inches and finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

- First-year Andrew Shao (San Jose, Calif.) finished in the top 10 in both the 200 and 400 meters. Shao was sixth in the 200 at 24.12 seconds, along with a fifth-place performance in the 400 at 53.78. First-year Diego Escobedo (Burlingame, Calif.) was eighth in the 200, crossing in 24.28 seconds.

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.

200m
12. Benton Wilson - 21.82

Mile
20. Aidan Gilson - 4:12.38

3,000m
18. Josh Rosenkranz - 8:23.35

5,000m
10. Josh Rosenkranz - 14:29.39

High Jump
6. Alec Reduker - 6' 9"

Pole Vault
20. Liam Ackerman - 15' 5.5"

Long Jump
14. Yorai Shaoul - 23' 2.75"

Triple Jump
1. Yorai Shaoul - 48' 5.25"

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday, February 16th. That meet is slated to begin at Noon.

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