April 5, 2014

Engineers Finish in First against RPI and WPI

TROY, N.Y. – At just its second meet of the outdoor season, the No. 9 MIT men's track and field team finished in first place at the Engineer's Cup with 165.5 points. Host RPI was second with 146 and WPI was third with 87.5 points. Throughout the day, the Engineers won 11 different events, with junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) leading the way with three individual wins.

Junior Kris Frey (Lake Forest, Calif.) was the lone MIT representative in a field of WPI and RPI runners in the 3000m Steeplechase, ultimately finishing in third place with his time of 10:04.52, leaving a nine second gap between him and the next runner. In the 1500m, sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) took second with a time of 4:06.14

MIT's 4x100 A relay, which was made up of seniors Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Jordan Mizerak (Lexington, Mass.), and sophomores States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.), completed the event with a time of 43.30 to take first. The Engineers finished less than half a second ahead of WPI's A relay.

Tech took the top three spots in the 400m, with Lee finishing first with his time of 49.87. Classmate Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) followed in second with a 50.39 and junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) came third in 50.54. In the 100m, DuPlessis took second in 11.55, while, in the 800m, junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) took the win with a time of 1:57.09. Classmate Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.) also ran the 800, finishing in sixth with a 2:01.64.

Samsel led the way in the 400m Hurdles with his time of 56.65 and was followed soon after by freshman Gary Burnett (Amherst, Mass.) in second in 57.88. Lee's second individual victory of the day occurred a few events later when he won the 200m in 22.60, finishing just four-tenths of a second slower than his best time from last season. Barnes followed in second with a 22.92. In the 5000m, freshman Rory Beyer (Mateo, Calif.) was third in 15:21.83, while classmate Brian Gilligan (Framingham, Mass.) took sixth with a 15:41.46.

To end the running portion of the day, the MIT 4x400 relay took first with a time of 3:24.86. Composed of junior Austin Fathman (Hamilton, Mich.), freshman Henry Tareque (Ossining, N.Y.), Harrison and Parker, the relay edged WPI's relay by nine one-hundredths of a second.

Sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the Long Jump with a 21-10.75. Samsel was third with a jump of 21-03.50 and classmate Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) took eighth in 19-00.50. It was Echevarria who won the Triple Jump when he jumped a 46-00.50, while Motley had a 45-04.25 to take second. Tech took first through third in the Pole Vault, with junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) winning in15-03.00, Mizerak taking second with a 13-09.25 and freshman Ian Perry (Wayne, Maine) finishing in third when he cleared the bar in 12-09.50.

In the High Jump, junior John Thomas (Somerville, Mass.) finished in second place with a 5-10.00 while, in the Javelin Throw, junior Harry Rein (Hingham, Mass.) was also second with a throw of 163-03. To end the day, Cooper won the Hammer Throw in a season-best performance (182-03), the Discus Throw (155-04) and the Shot Put (50-00.5).

MIT will travel to Maine next Saturday, April 12 to face host Bates College, Colby College and the University of Southern Maine for a meet starting at 12:00 p.m.