Men's Track & Field Opens New England Championships Strongly

BOSTON, Mass. - After the first day of the New England Championships that are being held at Boston University this Friday and Saturday, the MIT men's indoor track and field team are sitting in ninth place out of 19 teams, just one point behind American International and Bowdoin, who are tied for seventh. Sophomore Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) led the Engineers with his fourth place finish in the 5000 meters with his time of 14:35.68, earning five points towards MIT's final score.

Sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) and freshman States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) started things off well in the 400 meters when they finished just one one-hundredth of a second apart in 13th and 14th place with times of 49.50 and 49.51 respectively. Lee broke the MIT freshman record by four one-hundredths of a second. Also in that event was freshman Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.), who came in 17th with a 49.61, and sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) with a time of 50.01, which earned him 23rd place.

In the 500 meters, junior Mac Gager (Rye, N.Y.) finished in 19th place in 1:06.80, less than two-tenths of a second ahead of the runner from UMass Lowell that followed directly after him. In the next event, the 800 meters, junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) came in 13th with a time of 1:53.41. MIT wrapped up the track events with a seventh place finish in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 9:57.30.

Senior Cyrus Vafadari (Columbus, Ga.) vaulted 14-11.00, earning him an 11th place finish. Classmate Yida Gao (Marietta, Ga.) four-way tied for 15th place with a 14-05.25.

Day two of the championship will commence at 10:00 a.m.