Tech Claims 14th Consecutive NEWMAC Track and Field Title
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – For the 14th consecutive year, the MIT men's outdoor track and field team captured the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship title. Despite a rainy start to the day, the Engineers were victorious in eight individual events plus both relays and scored a team total of 250.5 points. WPI finished second with 212 points and the Coast Guard Academy finished third with 147 points.
Named the Co-Men's Track Athlete of the Year, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) repeated as the NEWMAC Champion in the 400-meter dash, finishing in a time of 58.56. Lee later added to Tech's win total, crossing the line first in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.22. Sharing the Track Athlete of the Year honor with Lee is Coast Guard's Adam Scalesse.
Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) was named the Men's Field Athlete of the Year, earning his first two individual NEWMAC titles in the discus throw and the hammer throw. Cooper's discus throw of 165-11 places him second on the Engineers top-ten list, while his hammer throw of 182-04 places him eighth.
Defending his title in the 1500-meter race, senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) crossed the line in 3:56.40. Winning the 3000-meter steeplechase, freshman Rory Beyer (Mateo, Calif.) set a new stadium record with a time of 9:34.90.
Crossing the finish line first in the 800-meter run was junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) in a time of 1:54.56. Finishing second in 1:54.78, earning All-Conference second team accolades was junior Samuel Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.).
In the field, sophomore Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) took the triple jump title, jumping 45-09.00 while sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished second with a jump of 44-04.25. Motley also finished third in the long jump, hitting 21-06.00 Junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) cleared 15-07.00 to finish second in the pole vault.
Sophomore Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.) finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.85. In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) captured second in 54.70, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of the third place runner. Senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) finished third in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 11.23.
The Engineers finished 2-3 in the 5000 meter run with juniors Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) and Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) crossing the line in 15:12.38 and 15:13.81, respectively. In the 10000-meter run, freshman Matt McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) finished third in 32.27.37.
MIT won both relay events, as the team of senior Michael DuPlessis (Wantagh, N.Y.), junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.), Lee, and Samsel took the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 47.00. In the final event of the day Lee, Hunter, Barnes, and Parker teamed up to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3:17.82, winning by nearly two seconds.
Tech finished the day with ten All-Conference First Team honors and four All-Conference Second Team accolades.
The Engineers will return to the track on Thursday, May 1st for the three-day New England Division III Championships hosted by Springfield College.