No. 14 Men's Track and Field Finishes Sixth at California Collegiate Open

No. 14 Men's Track and Field Finishes Sixth at California Collegiate Open

THE BASICS: 

- Location: Triton Track & Field Stadium (University of California at San Diego - San Diego, Calif.)

- The Lead: In the opening meet of the outdoor season, the No. 14 ranked MIT men's track and field team posted three top-10 national marks and finished sixth out of 14 teams with a total of 68 points at the California Collegiate Open. The meet featured a number of nationally-ranked Division III programs and Division I competition as the Engineers finished one point in front of regional foe Middlebury.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Senior William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.) captured the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 11.75 inches as that jump ranks him fifth nationally. Senior Jason Villanueva (Hesperia, Calif.) was third at 45 feet, three inches to rank No. 19 in the country, while senior Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) was seventh overall at 43 feet, 5.25 inches.

- In the high jump, indoor All-American Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) opened his outdoor season with a victory as he cleared six feet, 10.75 inches which places him third nationally. Sophomore Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) was third overall and 11th in the country at six feet, 6.75 inches, while sophomore Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) placed seventh with a height of six feet, 2.75 inches.

- Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished sixth in the discus and is currently No. 10 nationally as he threw 156 feet, nine inches. Sophomore Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) finished 19 with a throw of 134 feet, seven inches, along with junior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) in 20th place at 133 feet. The trio also competed in both the hammer throw and the shot put, including a fourth-place showing by Fakkema in the hammer at 162 feet. Bratten was 13th in that event with a throw of 139 feet, seven inches, along with Menio in 16th at 134 feet, three inches. In the shot put, Bratten was seventh at 45 feet, 11.75 inches as he was followed by Fakkema in ninth at 43 feet, 6.5 inches and Menio in 16th with a toss of 40 feet, five inches.

- On the track, senior Chris Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 54.16 that places him No. 11 in the country. Freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) posted a pair of top-10 finishes in the 100 and 200 meters, led by a sixth-place showing in the 200. He crossed in 22.29 seconds in the 200, along with a time of 11.17 in the 100 that was good for seventh place.

- Ruschel was fourth in the long jump at 21 feet, 11 inches, along with freshman Mac Gregg (The Woodlands, Texas) earning a top-10 finish at seventh with a leap of 21 feet, 7.25 inches. Villanueva was the final MIT competitor in the event as he finished 14th with a jump of 20 feet, 2.5 inches.

- Junior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) opened the outdoor season with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet, one inch as he ranks No. 14 in the country.

- In the 4x100 relay, the team of Wilson, Prinster, Washington and Gregg placed sixth in a time of 43.22.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University on Friday, April 6th, along with at quad-meet on Saturday, April 7th with Bates, RPI and Tufts that will take place at Tufts.                                                                                             

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