DEDHAM, Mass. – A week after coming up just a few points short of Williams College at the New England Division III Championship, the No. 23 ranked MIT men’s track and field team exacted a measure of revenge at the All-New England Championship over the weekend. The Engineers finished sixth overall, best among Division III squads and two spots ahead of the Ephs, competing against the top teams in the region from across Divisions I, II and III.
Yermie Cohen had a tremendous performance in the 1500, finishing third overall and tops among Division III runners while setting a new MIT record. Cohen’s time of 3:48.40 is good enough to automatically qualify him for the NCAA Championship and stands alone atop Division III in 2010.
Paul Welle also finished strong in the 3000-meter Steeplechase, as the junior was the second overall finisher and improved his NCAA qualifying time, moving up to no. 7 in the country with a 9:12.22 mark.
Patrick Marx was the top Division III finisher at 800 meters just over a second and a half behind the winner with a time of 1:53.67, good for sixth overall. Brian Djaja had a personal best time of 15.21 in the 110-meter hurdles to finish in 12th place, third among Division III competitors.
In the field events, Vladimir Sobes had an NCAA provisional mark in the javelin with a 197-08 foot effort to finish in fourth place. Greg Tao was among three pole vaulters to clear 15-2.75 feet, taking second based on attempts. Cyrus Vafadari (fifth) and Nathan Peterson (seventh) both had vaults of 14-2.75 feet to score valuable points for the Cardinal and Gray.
MIT will travel to Springfield College next week to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship on Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14.