No. 3 Engineers Place Second at D3 Indoor New England's

No. 3 Engineers Place Second at D3 Indoor New England's

THE BASICS:

- Location: Virtue Field House/New Balance Foundation Track (Middlebury, Vt.)

- The Lead: At the New England Division III Indoor Championship on Saturday, the No. 3 ranked MIT men's track and field team finished second overall out of 28 scoring teams with a total of 97 points on the day. MIT claimed a pair of individual championships in the meet and had 21 All-New England performers, while No. 16 ranked Tufts University was the overall winner with a total of 110 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the triple jump, freshman Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) captured the event and is currently ranked No. 3 nationally as he posted a distance of 48 feet, 7.25 inches on his final attempt. Senior William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.) was second at 47 feet, seven inches and was followed by senior Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) at fourth with a leap of 46 feet, 3.5 inches on his fifth attempt. Jason Villanueva (Hesperia, Calif.) also finished in 10th place with a jump of 43 feet, eight inches.

- The team's other New England crown came in the 1,000 meters as sophomore Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) ran a time of 2:30.20 to win by a .36-second margin. Freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) finished second in the 200 meters in a time of 22.33, which was just .07 out of the first-place spot and is No. 22 nationally. Junior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) had a runner-up finish in the mile as well, crossing in 4:14.80.

- Freshman Mac Gregg (The Woodlands, Texas) was the runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9.5 inches on his fifth attempt. Shaoul joined him in receiving All-New England honors as he leapt 21 feet, 4.25 inches on his final jump.

- In the pole vault, the Engineers had three top-10 finishers as freshman Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.) led the group in fourth at 15 feet, 1.5 inches. Sophomore Bobby Upton (Wexford, Pa.) was seventh with a height of 14 feet, 9.5 inches and sophomore Raja Rajcic (Lubbock, Texas) came in ninth at 14 feet, 3.5 inches.

- In the weight throw, junior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) placed fifth with a distance of 56 feet, four inches that came on his first attempt. Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished seventh in the shot put to earn All-New England honors, tossing 46 feet, 3.5 inches on his first throw.

- Gilson finished seventh and sophomore Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) came in eighth in the 3,000 meters to give the Engineers a pair of scoring runners. Gilson finished in 8:41.24, while Woltz was close behind in a time of 8:42.52. Junior Nathan Munet (Eklhart, Ind.) also posted a top-10 finish as he was ninth in the 800 meters as he ran a time of 1:56.60. The final top-10 individual finish came in the high jump from sophomore Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) as he was 10th at six feet, 3.25 inches. 

- MIT was sixth in both the distance medley relay and the 4x800 to earn six points between the two. In the DMR, the team of freshman Dylan Doblar (San Jose, Calif.), sophomore Kenneth Acquah (Tenafly, N.J.), sophomore Brian Bates (Corning, N.Y.) and freshman Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished in a time of 10:31.89. The 4x800 finished in 7:59.72 as that team consisted of Munet, freshman Ellery Rajagopal (Harrison, N.Y.), Gilson and Alford.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on February 25th as the Engineers return to Boston University for a Last Chance Meet beginning at Noon.                                                                                        

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