SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After last weekend's meet was canceled due to poor weather, the MIT men's track and field team officially opened the outdoor season on Saturday in sunny California at the Westmont Collegiate Classic. Another small group of runners remained at home for the Snowflake Invite at Tufts University. In the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll, the Engineers were ranked 14th in the nation.
Freshman Rory Beyer (Mateo, Calif.) started things off in the 3000m Steeplechase, coming in third place with a time of 10:05.81, leaving a gap of 17 seconds between him and the runner who finished in fourth. Later on in the day, he would come in 11th place in the 800m with his time of 2:03.91. Sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) won both the 400m and 200m with times of 48.09 and 22.50 respectively, the first of which being a personal best time.
Tech's 4x100 relay, made up of Lee and fellow sophomore Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.), freshman Taylor Njaka (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.), finished in first with a time of 41.98. The Engineers left almost three full seconds between them and host Westmont's relay that came second.
MIT took first and second in the 110m Hurdles, with Kaba taking the win with a 15.06 and fellow sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) coming in right behind him in second with a time of 15.49. Njaka won the 100m in 11.19 and Singer-Clark followed soon after in fourth with a time of 11.71. A few events later, Njaka took fourth in the 200m in 23.03.
Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) was first in the Hammer Throw (161-05), the Shot Put (52-06.50) and the Discus Throw (162-11). In the Hammer Throw, he was followed soon after by three other Engineers. Sophomores Alex Noakes (Watkinsville, Ga.) and Timothy Shoyer, Jr. (Hingham, Mass.) were third and fourth with throws of 132-06 and 128-03 respectively, and freshman Sebastian Santos (Imperial, Calif.) came in eighth place with a throw of 117-04.
In the Long Jump, sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was sixth with a 21-07.50, while Samsel was 10th with a jump of 21-01.25 and fellow sophomore Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) came in 16th with a 19-07.50. Senior Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.) took second in the Pole Vault when he cleared the bar in 14-00.00 and Shoyer, Jr. was fourth in the Javelin with a throw of 173-03. In the High Jump, Samsel took sixth with a 5-10.74 while, in the Triple Jump, Motley was fourth with a jump of 46-05.25 and Echevarria was fifth with a 45-02.50.
At the Snowflake Invite, five Engineers ran the 10,000m, with sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) leading the way with his third place finish of 31:59.64 and junior Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) following directly after in fourth with a 32:00.26. Senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) took eighth in 32:35.76, freshman Brian Gilligan (Framingham, Mass.) came in ninth with a time of 32:55.78 and classmate Matt McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) finished 15th in 33:54.56.
Next Saturday, April 5, Tech will take part in the Engineer's Cup, which will be between MIT, WPI and host RPI.