Men’s Track and Field Easily Handles Bates and Colby in Tri-Meet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first meet of the 2010 campaign on its home Steinbrenner track, the MIT men’s track and field earned a comfortable win over Bates and Colby in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers, currently ranked No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA Top 25, won all but one event on the track to go along with some impressive performances in the field events, on a day in which high winds would be a factor in the results. MIT finished with 201.5 points to easily best Bates (139), which was ranked second in New England, and Colby (60.5).

Stephen Morton led the way for the Cardinal and Gray, picking up three individual event wins, despite sitting out one of his specialties, the 100-meter dash. Morton was first in the 200, finishing in 21.94 seconds while winning both the long and triple jump once again. The senior was also part of Tech’s winning 4x100-meter relay.

Yermie Cohen, returning to the squad for the outdoor season, was also impressive, earning a pair of top-two finishes. Cohen took first place in the 1500, with a time of 4:02.75, more than four seconds faster than his closest competitor. Cohen (1:56.07) was also a runner-up to teammate Patrick Marx at 800 meters. Marx finished in 1:55.65. Paul Welle finished fourth in the event while four other MIT runners placed in the top nine.

Welle was a winner in the 3000m Steeplechase in 9:42.47, just ahead of Richard Prevost’s second-place finish (9:46.51). Hemagiri Arumugam and Benjamin Mattocks also combined for a one-two sweep in the 5000.

Tech swept the top three positions in the 110-meter hurdles, led by Andrew Musacchio’s time of 15.74 seconds. Musacchio narrowly edged Nick Leonard (15.79) to the finish and the two were closely followed by Josh Duncavage (16.31). Leonard and Duncavage would later team up to go one-two in the 400 hurdles. Daniel Ronde was also an event winner in the 400m, finishing in a time of 51.86 seconds.

The Engineers dominated the pole vault, as Greg Tao (15-3.00 feet), Cyrus Vafadari (14-3.25) and Yida Gao (13-9.25) were the top three performers. Ian Fischer also picked up valuable points for Tech, clearing 13-3.50 feet to tie for fourth-place.

MIT will host an Outdoor Invitational next Saturday, April 17 in the final meet before post-season competition kicks off the following week with the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.