Ackerman, No. 6 Men's Track and Field Sit in Ninth After Day One at the NCAA Indoor Championship

Ackerman, No. 6 Men's Track and Field Sit in Ninth After Day One at the NCAA Indoor Championship

THE BASICS:

- Location: Reggie Lewis Athletic Center (Roxbury, Mass.)

- The Lead: Led by a fourth-place finish in the pole vault by sophomore Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.), the No. 6 ranked MIT men's indoor track and field team sits in a tie for ninth place with eight points after day one of the NCAA Indoor National Championship.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Ackerman, who came in seeded 10th in the event, surpassed his previous career best and cleared 16 feet, 2.75 inches to earn five points for the Engineers. Senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) earned a spot in Saturday's final in the mile, crossing in sixth in the second heat and ninth overall in a time of 4:11.22.

- In the high jump, junior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) finished in a tie for 10th place with a clearance of six feet, 6.75 inches on his first attempt at the height. Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) ran in the fourth heat of the 200 meters, finishing 12th overall in a time of 22.03.

- In the distance medley relay, the Engineers used a strong anchor leg from Gilson to finish in sixth place and earn All-American accolades. Junior junior Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio), Wilson, first-year Aiden Foucault Etheridge (Leverett, Mass.) and Gilson finished in a time of 10:04.82 as Gilson closed with a 4:14.602 mile.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers wrap up the NCAA Indoor National Championship on Saturday, March 9th as competition begins at 10 a.m.

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