Engineers Finish Strong To Take First In Maine

Engineers Finish Strong To Take First In Maine

April 17, 2006


LEWISTON, Maine. - The men's track team came away with another victory at last Saturday's tightly-contested quad meet at Bates College. The Engineers, who completed an undefeated season (7-0), scored crucial points in the final events to finish with a winning total of 244 points. Host Bates came in close behind in second with 208 points, while Southern Maine (104) and Colby (89) trailed behind.

With key players out due to injuries, the Engineers needed strong performances across the board to win on Saturday. Freshman Jake Ruzevick set the tone early with an impressive second place time of 9:41.63 in the 3000 steeplechase. MIT then took second in the 4x100 meter relay.

In the 110 hurdles, sophomore Omari Stephens ran a 16:10 to take second. Senior David Blau came up with some huge wins for the Engineers. He won the 100 (11.24) but was edged in 200 and took second (22.67). In the 800, junior Aron Walker took second (2:00.26) and freshman Dan Rodgers (2:00.52) took third to secure another 13 points for the Engineers.

The 5000 meter run proved to be the Engineers strongest event on Saturday. Senior Eric Khatchadourian (15:27.56), junior Spencer Dudley (15:28.45), senior Steve Maltas (15:39.94) and sophomore Chris Wong (15:41.92) placed 1-2-3-4 to take 27 key points.

Senior star Uzoma Orji came up with significant points as usual. He took first in the shot put (17.04m), first in the discus (43.37m) and second in the hammer throw (54.07m).

MIT also capitalized in the jumping events. In the long jump, junior Chris Bateman (6.06m), sophomore Anthony Teixeira (5.87m) and freshman Obinna Anyanwu (5.80m) finished in the top three spots. The Engineers had similar success in the triple jump, with Stephens finishing first (12.48m), Teixeira second (12.26m) and Bateman third (12.20m).

With the victory already sealed, the Engineers placed second in the 4x400 relay with a season-best time of 3:26.25.

The Engineers return home on Saturday, April 22 to host the Co-Ed Invitational.