MIT Men's Track & Field Finishes First at Tufts

MEDFORD, Mass. - The No. 14 MIT men's track and field team competed well at the Tufts Stampede this weekend, finishing in first place out of the 20 teams that competed. The Engineers finished with 162 points, leaving a fairly large gap between themselves and Williams College, who came in second place with 85.5 points.

Senior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) started things off on the right foot, finishing in fifth place in the 60 meters with a time of 7.20, earning four points towards MIT's final score. Junior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) came in eighth place with a time of 7.60.

In the 200 meters, junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) finished in second place by less than half a second with a time of 23.02. He was followed soon after by freshman Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) in third with a 23.16 and classmate States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) with a time of 23.26. All three of the runners earned points. Lee had a quick turnaround and ran in the next event, the 400 meters, winning with a time of 50.96, crossing the line just three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Gerald Arneaud from UMass Dartmouth.

Senior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) managed to finish the 600 meters just ahead of a runner from Williams, coming in first place with a time of 1:22.27. Sophomore Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) completed the race in 1:22.60, which earned him a fourth place finish, and senior Daniel Ronde (East Northport, N.Y.) came in seventh with a time of 1:25.24.

With his time of 4:24.04 in the mile, junior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) finished in second place, just two seconds behind the first place finisher from Williams. In the next event, the 3000 meters, junior Matthew Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) came in first in 8:42.55, receiving ten points for his effort. Sophomore Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) was third with a time of 8:46.14.

MIT finished first in both the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays, narrowly out-running the second place competition in both. The 4x400, which was made up of Kaba, Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza), Samsel and Lee, crossed the line in 3:24.28, earning a new MIT freshman record in the process. In the 4x800, that was made up of Parker, Marx, sophomore Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio) and senior Jared Forman (Newton, Mass.) completed the event in 8:01.29, finishing less than two tenths of a second ahead of Bridgewater State's A relay.

In the triple jump, the Engineers took second through sixth place, earning 26 points in all. Senior Jackson Wirekoh (Woodbridge, Va.) finished in second place with 13.47 meters and was followed by freshmen Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.), Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.).

MIT will return to action next weekend, Feb. 8-9, when they return to Boston University for the Valentine's Invitational. Half of the team will, once again, remain at home to compete in the second MIT Coed Invite on the 9th.