Men's Track and Field Captures 18th Straight NEWMAC Title

Men's Track and Field Captures 18th Straight NEWMAC Title

THE BASICS:

- Location: Blake Track (Springfield, Mass.)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the MIT men's track and field team won its 18th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championship as the Engineers totaled 274.5 points. The Engineers had 12 First Team All-Conference performers and six Second Team honorees.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Freshman Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) was named as the NEWMAC Field Athlete of the Meet as he won both the long jump and triple jump. He is No. 24 in the long jump at 23 feet, followed by a distance of the triple jump to win by nearly three feet. Senior William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.) was second in the triple at 45 feet, 7.75 inches and third in the long jump in 22 feet, 0.75 inches, while senior Jason Villanueva (Hesperia, Calif.) and senior Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) were fourth and fifth with leaps of 44 feet, 4.25 inches and 44 feet, 2.5 inches.

- Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) won the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, .75 inches and the discus at 160 feet and eight inches, which is currently ranked 14th in the nation. Junior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) was the runner-up both of those events, while sophomore Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) finished in fifth in the discus at 130 feet, three inches. Fakkema threw 150 feet, six inches in the discus and 45 feet, 10.75 inches in the shot put. Fakkema was also the league champion in the hammer throw as he won with a toss of 161 feet, one inch.

- In the 100 and 200 meters, freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) took the 100 in the 10.83 seconds and the 200 in 21.69, which is ranked No. 22 in the country. Senior David Walter (Middeville, Mich.) was the winner of the 5,000 at 15:31.13, while senior Nicholas Waltman (Lexington, Ky.) led four runners in the top five of the 10,000 meters as he won that race in 32:36.22. Senior Alex Knoedler Canon City, Colo.) was second in 32:42.73, followed by juniors Daniel Weiss (Naperville, Ill.)  and Alex Knapp (West Chester, Pa.) in 32:47.5 and 33:09.29.

- Senior Chris Sweeney (Woodland Park, Wash.) won the 110-meter and the 400-meter hurdle events in times of 14.88 and 54.02. Sweeney is ranked No. 17 nationally with his time in the 400 hurdles. Sophomore Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) won the high jump at six feet, six inches and sophomore Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) was second at the same height. Junior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) was second at 14 feet, 11 inches during the pole vault, along with sophomore Bobby Upton (Wexford, Pa.) and freshman Everett Brandyberry (Hill City, Kan.) tying for third at 14 feet, 5.25 inches.

- The 4x100 relay team finished in fourth place with a time of 43.81, while junior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) and freshman Dylan Doblar (San Jose, Calif.) were fourth and fifth in the 1,500. Rosenkranz finished in 3:59.46, along with a time of 4:00.45 by Doblar. Junior Nathan Munet (Elkhart, Ind.) crossed in fifth place in the 800 meters, running 1:56.83.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action next weekend on as the Engineers host the New England Division III Outdoor Championship from May 3-5 in Cambridge.

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