April 3, 2010

MIT Defends Engineer’s Cup Title

TROY, N.Y. – The MIT men’s track and field team successfully defended its title in the annual Engineer’s Cup competition, as the Cardinal and Gray totaled 176 points to best host RPI (133) and WPI (96). The men would win seven of 11 events on the track, in addition to three field events, en route to the team victory.

Stephen Morton and Paul Welle helped lead the way for the Engineers, as both won multiple individual events, while Morton was also part of the victorious 4x100-meter relay. Morton, sitting out the 100-meter dash, was still able to take first place in the 200 meters (22.67 seconds), as well as the long jump (23-1.75 feet) and triple jump (47-1.50 feet). Morton’s efforts in both jumps were good enough to reach the NCAA Provisional qualifying standard.

Welle moved from the Steeplechase, an event in which he has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship, to the 1500m and 800m, coming away with two wins. Welle led a sweep of the top four for MIT in the 1500, finishing in 4:05.72. Richard Prevost (4:06.40), Benjamin Mattocks (4:08.11) and Hemagiri Arumugam (4:09.87) followed to help rack up valuable points for Tech. Welle, Stephen Serene and Bill Phipps then combined to go one-two-three in the 800, with Welle coming through first in 1:58.89.

The Engineers’ other winners on the track included Patrick Marx in the 400m, with a time of 50.36 seconds, Rene Peters in the 100m (11.07) and Yermie Cohen, returning to run at 5000 meters in 15:36.49.

In addition to Morton’s two victories in the jumps, James Oleinik picked up a win in the shot put, with a toss of 48-7.25 feet, helping MIT sweep the top four in that event. Greg Tao was one of two pole vaulters to clear 15-9.00 feet, a provisional qualifying mark, but finished in second due to attempts.

Tech will hosts its first home meet of the outdoor season next weekend, welcoming in Bates, Colby and Southern Maine on Saturday, April 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m.