May 2, 2014

Tech in First After Two Days at New England Division III Championships

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  – Tech returned to action for day two of competition at Springfield College for the New England Division III Track and Field Championships. The seventeenth ranked men's outdoor track and field team recorded numerous outstanding performances on the second day of competition in the 10,000-meter run, decathlon, hammer throw and long jump.

On the track, MIT made a statement in the 10,000-meter run finishing first, third and fourth with some of the best times in program history. Senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Calif.) crossed the line first with a new best time of 30:50.06, earning the fifth spot on MIT's top-ten list. Finishing in third, junior Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) narrowly missed his own best time, finishing in 31:05.70, less than half a second off his personal best time that currently ranks seventh in Tech's history. Dropping more than a minute, junior Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) recorded a personal record of 31:16.88, just missing out on the Engineers top-ten list, ranking 11th.

Wrapping up two days of competition in the decathlon, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) won the event with 6472 points. Samsel edged out a win in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.27, just 0.03 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. In the 1500-meter run, Samsel picked up 735 points by crossing the line second in a time of 4:31.40.

Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished second in the hammer throw with a final distance of 185-07, just two feet off of his personal best throw from 2011. In the long jump, sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded a personal best distance of 22-07, tying the tenth furthest jump in Engineer history. This effort was good enough for a fourth place finish, while Samsel finished just half of an inch behind in fifth place, jumping 22-06.50.

Leading the team competition with 50 points, 30 points ahead of second place Coast Guard Academy and Bates College, Tech will return to action on Saturday hoping to bring home the New England Division III title.