January 14, 2012

Engineers Run Past Bates and Colby in Season Opener

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 10 MIT men's track & field team opened the 2012 indoor campaign with a tri-meet victory over Bates College and Colby College, scoring 199 team points on Saturday afternoon at the Shobrys and Aronson Track. Bates took second with 116 and Colby was third with 64 points.

Freshman Sheldon Trotman (Gaithersburg, Md.) had an impressive debut in his first intercollegiate competition, earning a pair of wins along with a third-place finish. Trotman was first in the long jump at 20-4.50 feet and the triple jump at 41-7.25 feet. He also placed third in the high jump, clearing 6-feet even. Teammate Matt Falk (Barnegat, N.J.) was the winner in the high jump, with a 6-4.00 foot effort.

Sophomore Brian Gager (Rye, N.Y.) led the Cardinal and Gray to a sweep of the top three at 400 meters. Gager finished with a time of 52.38 seconds. Freshman Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) was second in 53.03 seconds and sophomore Jacob Jurewicz (Gurnee, Ill.) took third.

Those three were joined by sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) on the 4x400 meter relay that took first place with a time of 3:29.85, nearly three full seconds ahead of runner-up Bates.

Singer-Clark earned second place in the 200 meters (23.13 seconds) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (6.78 seconds).

Other MIT wins on the track came from freshman Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio) in the 600 meters, sophomore Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) in the mile and the 4x800 relay.

Senior Nathan Peterson (Kansas City, Mo.) and freshman Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) took one-two in the pole vault. Peterson cleared 14-5.25 feet and Schreck made it over the bar at 13-11.25 feet.

The Engineers will travel to Springfield College for an invitational next Saturday.