May 21, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior Uzoma Orji cruised to individual event victories in the shot put and hammer throw, leading MIT men's track and field to a fifth-place finish out of the 51 schools that scored at the 2005 ECAC Championship. The Engineers placed in every event they entered, finishing near the top of the team standings with only five athletes making the trek.
Orji tossed a personal best of 188'8" to win the hammer, producing his best effort on the first throw of finals. He also grabbed the shot put crown with a modest throw of 55'3.5". Orji will head to next week's NCAA Championships ranked sixth in the shot put and seventh in the hammer throw.
David Saylor provided more fuel for the MIT field attack, finishing fourth overall in the hammer with a personal-best 177'7". Clearing the provisional mark, Saylor is also in line to make the trip to Wartburg College for the national championships.
The track events were paced by the sprint duo of David Blau and Zach Traina. Blau scored in both the 100 and 200, finishing eighth in each event. His effort in the 200 caused great excitement for head coach Halston Taylor, who measured Blau's success against a ferocious headwind. His split of 22.32 was his second fastest clip ever in the event. Traina was slow out of the blocks, but still finished sixth in the 200 with a time of 22.19.
Continuing a tremendous comeback, Brian Anderson looked to cement his place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a career-effort at ECAC's in the 800. Although Anderson paced the first quarter perfectly and took the lead heading into the next turn, he faded slightly down the stretch and finished fifth with a clip of 1:54. Eariler this season, Anderson split 1:52 to provisionally qualify for nationals.