LA CROSSE, Wis. - Seven members of the MIT men's track and field team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. On the first day of competition, the Engineers performed well, sending two relays to finals on Saturday night and breaking a 23-year-old record at the same time.
MIT opened the Championships on the right foot in prelims of the 4x100 relay, moving up from 13th to fourth with their time of 41.29. The relay, that was made up of junior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh. N.Y.), freshman Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.), senior Josh Duncavage (Austin, Texas) and junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.), cut almost half a second off their seed time and easily made it into finals, which will be ran on Saturday afternoon. After being just three one-hundredths of a second off the MIT varsity record that had held since 1990, the Engineers were finally able to knock it down, breaking it by almost half a second.
Kaba was the first of the Engineers to run an individual event, finishing in 11th place in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 53.08. Singer-Clark ran his signature event, the 200m, coming in tenth place with a 21.57, just off his season-best time from ECACs last weekend. He was one place short of making it to finals.
To end the day, the 4x400 relay ran a 3:11.91, moving down two spots from their seeding to take fifth but dropping over half a second off their best time and improving on their MIT varsity record. Freshman States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.), Kaba, freshman Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) and Singer-Clark qualified for finals, which will be the very last event on Saturday.
Just two Engineers will compete in the second day of the Championships. Lee will race in the 400m, after just squeezing into the event in 20th place, and senior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) will compete in the 800m, where he is currently sitting in 19th place.