CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the first time since the outdoor season started at the end of March, the MIT men's track and field team are nationally ranked, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday afternoon. The Engineers, who were ranked 26th in last week's poll, slid into the final position in the top 25 after their performances this past weekend.
At the New England Outdoor Championships at Stonehill College last weekend, MIT finished in eighth place out of 36 teams with 36.50 points. Of the two MIT school records that fell over the course of the two day meet, freshman Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) was part of both of them. First, he qualified for the finals of the 400m Hurdles with his third-place finishing 53.50, coming in second place that night with a 52.20, breaking both the freshman and varsity record.
The second record to fall was in the 4x400 relay that placed second with a time of 3:12.42. The relay that was composed of freshmen States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.), Kaba and junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) broke the MIT varsity record of 3:12.70.
The 4x100 relay also fared well, finishing in second place with a 41.93, just two one-hundredths of a second off what they ran at the New England Division III Championships last week. This relay was composed of junior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.), Kaba, senior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) and Singer-Clark.
A handful of Engineers will travel to Springfield College for the ECAC Division III Championships on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17. Those going will be trying to improve their times in hopes of making it to the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships that will be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from May 23-25.