- Location: Johnson Athletic Center (Cambridge, Mass.)
- The Lead: In convincing fashion over the weekend, the No. 15 ranked MIT men's track and field team claimed the 2019 New England Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship with a total of 164 points over the two-day event. The Engineers won the title by 88 points over Tufts University and defeated three top-25 teams in the meet (No. 10 WPI, No. 13 Southern Maine and No. 24 Middlebury).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- On day one, senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) picked up the victory in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:01.50. First-year Andrew Mah (Newton, Mass.) was the runner-up in 15:02.06 and junior Josh Derrick (Winnetka, Ill.) was sixth in 15:17.73 as MIT tallied 21 points in the event.
- The distance medley relay team of sophomore Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.), first-year Aiden Foucault-Etheridge (Leverett, Mass.), sophomore Ellery Rajagopal (Harrison, N.Y.) and first-year Matthew Kearney (Austin, Texas) crossed in the second place with a time of 10:13.54 to pick up eight points. Sophomore Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.) led the pole vaulters with a runner-up height of 15 feet, 7.75 inches that marks his personal best.
- Beginning day two with a 17-point lead over Middlebury, the Engineers used two wins each by sophomores Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) and Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) to help clinch the meet. Wilson swept the 200 and 400 meter races, running times of 22.08 and 49.67, respectively. In the 400, first-year Nick Duchatellier (Dix Hills, N.Y.) scored with a sixth-place finish in 51.11 seconds.
- Shaoul swept the New England D3 titles in the long and triple jumps as this marked his second straight triple jump title. He posted a leap of 23 feet, 1.75 inches in the long jump and briefly regained the top spot in Division III with a season-best triple jump of 49 feet, 1.75 inches. Sophomore Joachim Kennedy (Nashville, Tenn.) finished sixth in the long jump as he posted a personal best of 21 feet, 6.25 inches.
- In the high jump, junior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) cleared six feet, 10.75 inches for his indoor personal best that ties him for the top jump in the country. First-year Caleb Harris (Franklin, Tenn.) was close behind in fourth place as he posted a height of six feet, 6.75 inches that tied his PR.
- In the shot put, first-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) continued an outstanding rookie season as he claimed the D3 New England indoor title with a throw of 51 feet, 0.75 inches that was his PR by over a foot. Senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) was in second at 49 feet, 7.75 inches (personal-best) as he was also fifth in the weight throw at 58 feet, 0.5 inches to pick up 12 points for the Engineers.
- Senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) finished second in the mile with a time of 4:12.10 and also added a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 meters in 2:31.34. Junior Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) scored six points in the 1,000 for MIT with his third-place showing in 2:31.32, while Foucault-Etheridge finished third in the 600 meters with a time of 1:22.42.
- Kennedy also placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.64 seconds, while Kearney and Mah were fourth and fifth in the 3,000 meters in times of 8:35.05 and 8:37.61, respectively. In the 4x800 relay, the team of Rajagopal, Slaney, first-year Matt Schofield (Shorewood, Ill.) and Foucault-Etheridge was second as the group crossed in 7:54.95.
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.
13. Benton Wilson - 21.70
9. Aidan Gilson - 4:08.93
10. Josh Rosenkranz - 14:29.39
1. Alec Reduker - 6' 10.75"
17. Liam Ackerman - 15' 7.75"
20. Yorai Shaoul - 23' 2.75"
2. Yorai Shaoul - 49' 1.75"
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, March 2nd as the Engineers will compete in the Tufts Final Qualifier. That will be the final competition before the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship, which will take place on March 8-9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.