January 15, 2014

Tech Ranked Sixth in Nation in Preseason Poll

NEW ORLEANS, La. In the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll that was released on Wednesday, the MIT men's indoor track and field team was ranked sixth in the country. The highest the Engineers had ever been ranked before this was seventh, occurring in both 2010 and 2012. Tech was 16th in last year's preseason ranking.

For MIT, the 2013-14 indoor season opened over a month ago. Senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) was the lone Engineer to compete at the BU Season Opener in early December, coming in sixth place in the 3,000m with a time of 8:22.20. In early January, Tech held its annual Alumni Meet and then, this past weekend, it traveled to Maine for the Bates Invitational, finishing in first place with 194 points, ahead of host Bates College in second with 100 and Colby College in third with 67 points. Eight different Tech runners and two relays wrapped up the day with first place finishes.

MIT's strongest event was the 3,000m, where it claimed the top five spots. Senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) led the way with his time of 8:52.37, and was followed by junior Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) in second in 8:54.26 and freshman Matt McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) in third place with an 8:57.96. Junior Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) was fourth with a 9:00.26 and, rounding out the top five was freshman Brian Gilligan (Framingham, Mass.) with his time of 9:06.01.

Next week, the Cardinal and Gray will return to Maine for the Bowdoin Quad Meet, where they will take on Bowdoin College, Springfield College and WPI.