- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.)
- The Lead: In a dual meet over the weekend, the No. 11 MIT men's track and field team defeated Williams by a 113-86 margin. The Engineers had 12 event wins and three top-20 marks nationally in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.) led three Engineers in the pole vault as he won the event with the No. 5 height in the nation as he cleared 15 feet, 11 inches. Junior Raja Rajcic (Lubbock, Texas) was third at 14 feet, 5.25 inches and senior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) placed fourth with a height of 13 feet, 11.25 inches. In the javelin, junior Gabriel Madonna (Tyngsborough, Mass.) posted the ninth-ranked throw in the country as he won the event at 197 feet, six inches. First-year Cooper Driscoll (Wallingford, Pa.) was second as he threw 158 feet, 11 inches.
- Sophomore Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) was a double-winner in the sprints for the second straight week, taking the 100 in 10.99 seconds and the 200 in 21.71 (ranked 18th nationally). First-year Alexander Liu (Belle Mead, N.J.) was third in both races, running 11.39 seconds in the 100 and 22.87 in the 200. First-year Nick Duchatellier (Dix Hills, N.Y.) finished fourth in the 200 meters in 23.06 and was second in the 400 at 50.37 seconds.
- The Engineers swept the top four in the high jump, shot put, discus and hammer throw to help key the team victory. Junior Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) won the high jump at six feet, 4.75 inches, followed by junior Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) and first-year Caleb Harris (Franklin, Tenn.) in second and third with a clearance of six feet, 0.75 inches. Senior Sope Eweje (Jacksonville, N.C.) finished fourth with a height of five feet, 10.75 inches.
- In the shot put, first-year William Woltmann (Secaucus, N.J.) won at 49 feet, one inch and senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) was second at 47 feet, one inch. First-year Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio) was third at 44 feet, eight inches, followed by junior Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) in fourth at 42 feet, seven inches.
- Fakkema won both the discus and hammer throw with throws of 149 feet, one inch and 167 feet, four inches, respectively. Menio was second in both at 144 feet, three inches and 160 feet, while Basinger finished third in the discus at 135 feet, 11 inches. First-year Ryan Nall (Lafayette, Calif.) was fourth in the discus at 131 feet, 10 inches and third in the hammer at 154 feet, five inches. Woltmann finished fourth in the hammer, throwing 138 feet, seven inches.
- In the relays, the Engineers took first in both the 4x100 and 4x400, crossing in 43.78 seconds and 3:29.31. MIT also took second in the 4x800, running a time of 8:13.95.
- Senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:33.73 while also finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.16 seconds. First-year Andrew Shao (San Jose, Calif.) won the 400-meter hurdles as he crossed in 56.99 seconds.
- In the 800, junior Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) was second at 1:57.32, followed by sophomore Ellery Rajagopal (Harrison, N.Y.) in third at 2:00.07. In the 5K, sophomore Finn Jacobson-Schulte (Lakeville, Minn.) finished third at 15:32.80, while Speck was second in the long jump with a PR of 21 feet, 4.75 inches and first-year George Stultz (Frederick, Md.) was third in the triple at 42 feet, eight inches.
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.
18. Benton Wilson - 21.71
8. Aidan Gilson - 9:14.65
5. Liam Ackerman - 15' 11"
4. Yorai Shaoul - 23' 10.25"
1. Yorai Shaoul - 49' 9"
9. Gabriel Madonna - 197' 6"
20. Jon Fakkema - 157' 4"
MIT continues its home schedule on Saturday, April 20th as the Engineers host the Sean Collier Invitational