No. 11 Men's Track and Field Captures Five Events at Sean Collier Invitational

No. 11 Men's Track and Field Captures Five Events at Sean Collier Invitational

THE BASICS:

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Sherie and Don Morrison Track)

- The Lead: At the 2017 Sean Collier Invitational at MIT, the No. 11 MIT men's track and field team captured five individual events in the team's first home meet of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) ran the No. 14 time in the nation as he captured the event in a time of 9:21.38. Teammate Ben Freed (Frederick, Md.) also posted a top-three finish as he was third at 9:38, while Gilson placed in the 400-meter hurdles in 58.59 seconds. In the pole vault, MIT claimed three of the top four spots as sophomore Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) won the event with a height of 15 feet, 7.75. That clearance ranks him 18th in the country, while freshman Bobby Upton (Wexford, Pa.) was second at 14 feet, two inches.

- Senior Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) returned to the track for the first time in the outdoor season as he won the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 6.75 seconds. Freshman Shane Lyons (Brunswick, Maine) was third in that event at 40 feet, six inches, while Okeke was also second in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 10.5 inches.

- In the 5,000 meters, freshman Josh Derrick (Winnetka, Ill.) claimed the win as MIT took four of the top five spots. Derrick ran a time of 15:15.15, while sophomore Daniel Weiss (Naperville, Ill.) placed third in 15:20.28. MIT also had two runners in the top three in the 400 as sophomore Tom Frejowski (Chicago, Ill.) placed second in 50.87, along with senior Brandon Corts (Arlington, Va.) in third in 51.15 seconds.

- In the throws, junior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and sophomore Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) dominated the day for MIT, led by a discus victory from Bratten with a throw of 151 feet, 3.25 inches. Bratten also finished second in the shot put at 44 feet, 5.75 inches, while Fakkema was second in the discus with 141 feet, 3.5 inches and second in the hammer throw with a toss of 161 feet, 2.25 inches.

- On Friday, the Engineers also sent graduate student Matthew Deyo (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Dennis Maloney (New Albany, Ohio) to the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton. Deyo ran the No. 5 time in the nation and smashed the 37-year old MIT school record by nearly three seconds as he finished eighth overall at 14:21.28. Maloney crossed in a time of 14:42.46, which placed him 36th overall.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, April 29th as the Engineers host the 2017 NEWMAC Championship beginning at 11 a.m.

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