Men's Track and Field Claims Fourth Straight New England Title

Men's Track and Field Claims Fourth Straight New England Title

THE BASICS:

- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the MIT men's track and field team won its fourth straight New England Division III Championship and 13th overall with a total of 162.5 points as Bates College finished with 75 points to place second. The Engineers defeated No. 10 Middlebury, No. 13 UMass Dartmouth and No. 21 ranked Williams in the process.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Overall, the Engineers had 33 D3 All-New England performances over the three-day meet with five regional champions. Freshman Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) was a double winner for the Engineers in the long jump and triple jump, including an MIT rookie record of 49 feet, five inches in the triple jump that ranks him fourth in the country. In the long jump, he captured the event with a leap of 23 feet, two inches. Senior William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.) was second in the triple jump at 48 feet, 4.5 inches and is 10th nationally, while he was second in the long jump at 23 feet, two inches as well. Seniors Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) and Jason Villanueva (Hesperia, Calif.) were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the triple jump with distances of 46 feet, six inches and 45 feet, 7.25 inches.

- Senior Chris Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) continued a strong outdoor season with a win in the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 14.80, ranking No. 27 in the country. He was also the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.43, which is currently 17th nationally.

- Junior Scott Cameron (Dublin, Ohio) captured the pole vault with a height of 15 feet, nine inches and is No. 21 in the nation, while freshman Everett Brandyberry (Hill City, Kan.) finished sixth at 14 feet, 5.25 inches. Junior Josh Rosenkranz led three MIT All-New England performers in the 10,000 meters as he won the event by just .13 seconds in a time of 31:52.46. Senior Alex Knoedler (Canon City, Colo.) was second in 31:52.59, along with Nicholas Waltman (Lexington, Ky.) in third at 32:39.77 in the event that was run under the lights on Friday night. Rosenkranz also finished third in the 5,000 meters on Saturday in 14:53.04, followed by sophomore Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) in sixth at 15:03.63.

- Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished second in the discus and is 12th nationally with a throw of 164 feet. He also finished third in the shot put at 50 feet, 9.75 inches, while teammate Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) was fifth in the discus at 156 feet, seven inches.

- In the sprints, freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) earned All-New England honors in both the 100 and 200 meters in his first New England D3 championship. He was fourth in the 100 in 10.87 and fifth in the 200, crossing in 21.91. Also on the track, junior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) led three Engineers in the top four of the 3,000-meter steeplechase as he was second in 9:24.47. Senior Ben Freed (Frederick, Md.) followed in third in 9:29.42, along with sophomore Brian Bates (Corning, N.Y.) in fourth place at 9:31.70.

- In the high jump, sophomore Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) placed third with a clearance of six feet, seven inches. He was joined in the top eight by sophomore Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.), who finished in a tie for seventh at six feet, five inches.

- In the relays, the 4x800 team of junior Nathan Munet (Elkhart, Ind.), freshman Dylan Doblar (San Jose, Calif.), freshman Ellery Rajagopal (Harrison, N.Y.) and sophomore Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) finished second as they ran a time of 7:50.82. In the 4x400, the Engineers team of Sweeney, Gilson, sophomore Kenneth Acquah (Tenafly, N.J.) and Wilson crossed in 3:21.97 to place sixth.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers return to action on May 10-12 as the team heads to the NEICAAA Outdoor Championship at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

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