Shaoul Posts Top Mark in the Nation to Lead No. 15 Men's Track and Field

Shaoul Posts Top Mark in the Nation to Lead No. 15 Men's Track and Field

THE BASICS:

- Location: Dussault Track & Field Complex (Somerville, Mass. - Hosted by Tufts University) 

- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 15 MIT men's track and field team finished third out of four teams in a tightly-contested quad meet at Tufts University as the Engineers finished with 170 points overall. RPI took the event with 175 points, followed by No. 23 Tufts at 172 and No. 25 Bates in fourth at 142 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Freshman triple jumper Yorai Shaoul (Raanan, Israel), who was the national runner-up in the indoor season, now has the top outdoor distance in the nation as he leapt 48 feet, four inches to post the No. 5 mark in MIT, set the MIT freshman record and win the event. Senior Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) finished third at 46 feet, 2.5 inches, while senior Jason Villanueva (Hesperia, Calif.) was fourth with a jump of 45 feet, 9.75 inches. Shaoul also captured the long jump at 22 feet, 1.5 inches, along with a third-place showing from sophomore Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) with a distance of 21 feet, 1.25 inches.

- Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished second in the discus with a throw of 158 feet for the No. 13 mark in the country, while he also finished fourth in the shot put at 44 feet. 8.25 inches. Sophomore Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) was fourth in the discus at 142 feet, 11 inches, along with a fifth-place performance from senior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) at 134 feet. Fakkema was also the runner-up in the hammer throw, tossing 160 feet, 11 inches.

- In the pole vault, junior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) won the event with a height of 15 feet, five inches to post the No. 13 mark nationally. Sophomore Raja Rajcic (Lubbock, Texas) was tied for third as well, clearing 13 feet, 11.25 inches. To wrap up the field action, Washington won the high jump at six feet, four inches, followed by sophomore Steven Speck (LaGrange, Ohio) in second at six feet, two inches and junior Sope Eweje (Jacksonville, N.C.) in third at six feet.

- On the track, senior hurdler Chris Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 54.74 seconds and was second overall and No. 22 in the country in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.03 seconds. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) was third in a time of 9:45.84, while the 4x100 meter relay team of freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio), freshman Mac Gregg (The Woodlands, Texas), Speck and Prinster was third in 44.81 seconds.

- Senior Nicholas Waltman (Lexington, Ky.) earned the victory in the 10,000 meters in 32:41.72, followed in second by junior Daniel Weiss (Naperville, Ill.) with a time of 32:51.08. Wilson posted the win in the 200 meters as he crossed in 22.34 seconds to win by a .24-second margin, while finishing second in the 400 at 50.35 seconds.

- In the 1,500 meters, junior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) was fourth in a time of 4:03.32 and was followed by sophomore Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) in fifth at 4:06.31.

UP NEXT:  

- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the Dick Farley Invite at Williams College.

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