MIT Men's Track and Field Perform Well at Cupid Challenge and Gear up for New England Champs

MEDFORD, Mass. – On Monday afternoon, after the snowstorm had cancelled all of the meets they were planning to attend, the No. 13 MIT men's track and field team traveled to Tufts University for the second time in a week to compete in the Cupid Challenge. The Engineers performed well against many top athletes in the area, ending the day with a number of impressive races under their belts. Freshman Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was the only Engineer to win an event, jumping 6.43 meters in the long jump and qualifying for the New England Division III Championships, that will be held this coming weekend. Senior Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.) also performed well in the 1000 meters, crossing the line in second place with a time of 2:31.45, ahead of three Boston College runners.

As he always does, senior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) opened the meet for MIT, coming in third place in the 60 meters with a time of 7.20, going the exact same time he did when the team last competed at Tufts. He had a quick turnaround and ran in the next event, the 200 meters, and crossed the line in sixth place in 22.95. Freshman Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) came in 17th with a time of 24.02. He, too, wasted no time and was entered in the next event, the 400 meters, coming in seventh place in 51.95.

Senior Daniel Ronde (East Northport, N.Y.) crossed the line in fifth place in the 600 meters with his 1:26.32, edging out a runner from UMass Lowell. In the mile, senior Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.) came in eighth with a time of 4:22.73, finishing almost three seconds ahead of the runner from Boston College who came in ninth place.

Senior Brian Djaja (Phoenix, Ariz.) had a strong finish in the 60 meters, coming in fifth place with a time of 8.77. In the pole vault, freshman Marshall Wentworth (Oakland, Calif.) vaulted 3.85 meters, which earned him a sixth place finish.

Entered in the long jump with Motley were senior Jackson Wirekoh (Woodbridge, Va.) and freshman Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.), who also performed well. Wirekoh came in fourth place with 6.07 meters, while Echevarria was sixth with 5.90 meters.

MIT will next compete in the New England Division III Championships, which will take place at the University of Southern Maine from Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16.