- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.)
- The Lead: Led by eight event wins and the top high jump mark in the nation by junior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.), the No. 17 ranked MIT men's track and field team captured a quad meet on Saturday vs. Tufts, No. 20 RPI and Bates. The Engineers finished with 190.5 points, while Tufts was second at 185, followed by RPI at 150.5 and Bates with 125 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the high jump, Reduker became the first MIT athlete to clear seven feet as he set the program record with a winning height of seven feet, 0.25 inches as he is tied for the national lead. First-year Caleb Harris (Franklin, Tenn.) finished second at six feet, 6.75 inches and junior Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) placed third at six feet, 2.75 inches. Harris is now ranked 14th nationally.
- In the long jump, sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) improved on his season-best with a winning leap of 23 feet, 10.25 inches. That ranks him third nationally and first among the NEWMAC. Reduker was second in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 9.75 inches and is 16th in the nation. Shaoul also captured the triple jump and remains undefeated on the season with a leap of 48 feet, 8.25 inches.
- Senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) dominated the steeplechase from the start and won in a time of 9:14.65. He is ranked sixth nationally and first among NEWMAC runners. Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) pulled off a double-win with victories in the 200 and 400 meters on Saturday. His winning time of 21.72 in the 200 is 14th in the country and first in the NEWMAC, while he also ran 49.25 to capture the 400. First-year Nick Duchatellier (Dix Hills, N.Y.) was fourth in the 400, crossing in 50.51 seconds.
- In the 4x400 relay, the Engineers chased down Tufts coming out of the final corner and into the straightaway in a NEWMAC-best time of 3:24.43. The 4x100 placed second, running 43.37 seconds.
- In the discus, senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) led three Engineers in the top five as he won the event with a throw of 157 feet, four inches to rank 15th nationally. First-year Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio) was third at 139 feet, two inches, followed by junior Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) in fourth at 137 feet, 11 inches. Fakkema was also second in the hammer at 166 feet, nine inches, with Menio placing fifth with a distance of 151 feet, five inches.
- First-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, six inches, along with a fourth-place throw of 45 feet, five inches from Fakkema. In the pole vault, senior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) finished second with a height of 14 feet, 1.25 inches, with junior Raja Rajcic (Lubbock, Texas) placing fourth with the same height.
- Freshman Andrew Mah (Newton, Mass.) battled for the lead throughout the 5,000 meters and finished second with a NEWMAC-best time of 14:59.55. Sophomore Joachim Kennedy (Nashville, Tenn.) was second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.50 seconds, which is also the top mark in the conference. In the 400-meter hurdles, first-year Andrew Shao (San Jose, Calif.) crossed in third at 59.02 seconds, while Gilson was fourth at 59.88 seconds.
- In the 100 meters, first-year Alexander Liu (Belle Mead, N.J.) posted a third-place showing at 11.24 seconds and in the 800, sophomore Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.) crossed in fifth with a final time of 1:59.40.
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.
14. Benton Wilson - 21.72
6. Aidan Gilson - 9:14.65
1. Yorai Shaoul - 49' 9"
15. Jon Fakkema - 157' 4"
MIT continues its home schedule on Saturday, April 13th as the Engineers host Williams College for a dual meet.