CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT is sending eight members of the men's track and field team to the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The three day competition begins on Thursday, May 22nd at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
On the same day as the participant invitations were announced, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released their final ranking. MIT enters the national championships ranked 11th in the country and is aiming to improve on their tie for 54th place from the 2013 Championships.
Eight men will compete for the Cardinal and Grey over the three day competition. Getting things started for Tech will be sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) competing in his signature event, the decathlon. After claiming the decathlon title at the New England Division III Championships, Samsel enters the two day event seeded 14th.
Samsel will add to his busy day on Thursday, teaming up with sophomores States Lee (Charlotte, N.C) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.), and senior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) for the 4x400-meter relay. MIT enters this race with the third fastest time in the country, 3:12.23. This performance was just 0.32 off the program record set last year at the NCAA Championships.
In the field on Thursday, junior Benjamin Schreck (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) looks to improve on his 18th seed in the pole vault after finishing eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championship, earning All-America accolades. Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) will compete in his first of three individual events on Thursday, the hammer throw, entering the meet as the 14th seed. On Friday, Cooper will compete in the shot put, where he is seeded 11th, and completing his busy schedule, Cooper enters Saturday's discus throw seeded 13th.
Lee enters the 400-meter run with the fourth fastest time in the country. After squeaking in as the last invite for the 2013 championships, Lee moved up to finish 12th. In the 800-meter run, junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) will compete at his first outdoor NCAAs, entering the meet seeded 17th.
Joining Cooper in field competition on Saturday, sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) will compete in the triple-jump, heading into the event as the 4th seed.
Competition begins on Thursday, May 22nd at 12:00 pm, with Samsel competing in the Decathlon starting at 12:30. For more information, visit the host website.