Cardinal and Gray Defend Title at New England Championships

Junior Ken Cooper
Junior Ken Cooper

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On the second and final day of the New England Division III Championships, the No. 4 MIT men's track and field team won the title for the second year in a row, wrapping up the weekend in first out of 26 teams with 121 points. No. 7 Tufts University finished in second with 74 points and Williams College was third with 58.

In the preliminaries of the 60m, freshman Taylor Njaka (San Jose, Calif.) finished in 12th place with a time of 7.16, while three Engineers finished in the top four of the 200m. Senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) was second in 22.53, crossing the line a tenth of a second behind Graham Beutler of Tufts. Sophomores Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) and States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) were third and fourth with times of 22.94 and 22.98 respectively.

Singer-Clark took second in the next event, the 400m, completing the event with a time of 49.81. Lee followed just two one-hundredths of a second later in third place with a 49.83 and fellow sophomore Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) was eighth in 51.06. It was after this event that MIT took over as the first place team.

Senior Mac Gager (Rye, N.Y.) was fifth in the 600m in 1:23.47, while freshman Henry Tareque (Ossining, N.Y.) was 13th in 1:25.67. In the 800m, juniors Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) and Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) both earned points towards MIT's final score, with Parker coming in fourth with a time of 1:56.37 and Hunter taking eighth with his 1:57.48. Tech's lone victory of the day came in the 1000m, with junior Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio) crossing the line two seconds ahead of the competition with his time of 2:30.11. Classmate Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.) came in third place in 2:32.85.

MIT's highest finisher in the 5000m was junior Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), who came in fifth place with a time of 15:04.46. Senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) was sixth in 15:05.31 and junior Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) came in seventh in 15:09.80. All three Engineers earned points for MIT. Kaba fared well in the 60m Hurdles, completing the event with a time of 8.36 to finish in fourth place.

Tech came in eighth place in the 4x800 relay with its time of 8:04.27, crossing the line over a second ahead of Connecticut College's A relay. The Distance Medley Relay earned eight points when it came in second place in 10:30.83.

In the Pole Vault, junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) was second when he cleared the bar in 14-11, the same height as Ben Wollhaupter of Coast Guard who took first. Freshman Ian Perry (Wayne, Maine) finished in fifth place with a 13-11.25 and sophomore Marshall Wentworth (Oakland, Calif.) was seventh, also with a vault of 13-11.25. In the Long Jump, sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Samsel were fifth and sixth, both with jumps of 21-07.25. Motley went on to come in third place in the Triple Jump with a 45-01.75.

Just shy of his season best performance, junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) was second in the Shot Put with a throw of 54-07.50. In the next event, the Weight Throw, he also finished in second place with a throw of 60-11.50.

MIT returns to the track next Friday, Feb. 28 for the NEICAAA Championships, which will take place at Boston University through Saturday, March 1.