January 25, 2014

Engineers Host Art Farnham Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – While some of its athletes were on the road at the Boston University Terrier Invitational, another group of the #6 MIT men's indoor track and field team remained at home for the Art Farnham Invitational, a meet that was renamed in honor of former head coach Art Farnham, who coached the Engineers from 1957 until 1973. With no team scoring opportunities, the Engineers were competing for top performances and qualifying times for the various championships.

In the opening event, the 60m, freshman Taylor Njaka (San Jose, Calif.) finished in second place with a time of 7.15, just one one-hundredth of a second behind Chris Cennami of UMass Dartmouth. Junior Brad Goldsberry (Elizabeth, Colo.) also placed well, coming in fourth in 7.36. In the 200m, the same two athletes competed, with Njaka coming in second, once again, with his 23.40, and Goldsberry finishing in 13th place with a 24.51.

Junior Ricardo Paez (Menlo Park, Calif.) came in first in the mile with his time of 4:35.78, leaving a gap of eight seconds between him and the second place finisher from UMass Dartmouth. In the Pole Vault, freshman Ian Perry (Wayne, Maine) finished highest for MIT, coming in second place with a 13-07.25 and was followed by sophomore Marshall Wentworth (Oakland, Calif.) in fourth with a 13-01.50. Sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) placed third in the Long Jump with a jump of 21-00.00 and classmate Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) was seventh in 19-06.75. The two went on to finish in first and second place in the Triple Jump, with Echevarria coming first with a jump of 46-03.25 and Motley following with a 44-08.75.

Four MIT athletes competed in the Shot Put, all finishing within the top 10. Freshman Sebastian Santos (Imperial, Calif.) took first with his throw of 45-01.00, sophomore Alex Noakes (Watkinsville, Ga.) was third with a 39-10.75, junior Timothy Shoyer, Jr. (Hingham, Mass.) came in sixth with a throw of 38-11.00 and freshman Kevin Kusch (Mobile, Ala.) was eighth with his throw of 36-11.00. In the Weight Throw, the same four Engineers finished in second through fifth place. Noakes led with his second place finishing throw of 46-09.00, Santos was third in 45-05.25.00, Shoyer, Jr. was fourth with a 40-09.00 and Kusch was fifth with a 40-06.25.

At yet another meet, this time taking place at Harvard, senior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.) scored 4491 points in the Heptathlon to rank seventh in the country and sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) scored 4437 to rank him eighth on the NCAA list.

After this busy weekend is done, the Cardinal and Gray will have just one week off from competition before the Tufts Stampede at Tufts University next Saturday, Feb. 1.