January 18, 2014

Cardinal and Gray Pick up First Place Finish at Bowdoin Quad Meet

BRUNSWICK, Maine - No. 6 MIT men's indoor track and field returned to Maine for the second weekend in a row, this time for the Bowdoin Quad Meet, which took place on Saturday afternoon. Tech ended the day in first place with 272.33 points, over 160 points ahead of host Bowdoin College with 111.83 points. Springfield College ended up in third place with 104.83 and WPI was fourth with 59 points.

To start things off, junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) came in first place in the Weight Throw with a throw of 57-02.25. A few short events later, he also won the Shot Put in 55-00.25, and is currently ranked third in the country, while freshman Sebastian Santos (Imperial, Calif.) came in second place in 45-11.25. In the Pole Vault, fellow junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) won when he cleared the bar in 15-01.00 and senior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.) followed in second with a vault of 14-01.25, while junior Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio) won the 1,000m by almost four full seconds with a time of 2:31.77.

Improving on his performance from last weekend, sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished in first place in the Triple Jump with a 44-10.75 and classmate Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) was second in 43-09.25. In prelims of the 60m Hurdles, fellow sophomore Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) crossed the line in first with a time of 8.58. He improved to an 8.56 to hold onto first in the finals, finishing just two-one hundredths of a second ahead of the second place finisher from Springfield.

In the 400m, sophomores States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) led the group with times of 50.11 and 50.72 respectively to take first and second. Junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) picked up a win the 600m with his time of 1:22.90 and was followed by senior Mac Gager (Rye, N.Y.) in second in 1:24.01 and freshman Andrew Mullen (Rochester, N.Y.) in third place in 1:24.79.

Senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) was first in a group of three MIT runners in the 200m to cross the line, finishing with a time of 22.82. Lee was second in 22.96 and Kaba followed directly after in third place in 22.98. In the final individual event of the day, the 5,000m, freshman Matt McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) claimed a victory with his time of 15:04.22.

MIT's 4x400 A relay completed the event in first place with a time of 3:29.62. The relay, made up of Mullen, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.), Gager and freshman Henry Tareque (Ossining, N.Y.) finished over four seconds ahead of Bowdoin's A relay. To end the day, Tech's 4x800 A relay won in 7:59.43. Composed of senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.), junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.), Parker and Kiggins, the relay finished a comfortable five seconds ahead of WPI's relay.

MIT has a busy weekend ahead of it; on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25, the Engineers will be at Boston University for the John Thomas Invitational. Also on that Saturday, MIT will host the Art Farnham Invitational at 12:00 p.m., an event named in honor of former MIT track and field coach Art Farnham.