January 16, 2005

Men's Track and Field Overpowers Bates and Coast Guard

Jan. 16, 2005

Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT Men's track and field opened its 2005 indoor season with a tremendous home victory against region powers Bates College and the U.S. Coast Guard Acadcemy. The Engineers totaled 162 points to easily outpace the Bears (102) and the Bobcats (88).

Zach Traina and Uzoma Orji paved Tech's road to victory with two wins a piece. Traina dominated the sprinting event, winning the 55-meter dash (6.72) and the 200 (23.23). Orji began his run at another national championship with a comfortable performance on Saturday. His throw of 54'9.5" in the shot put was nearly six feet ahead of his closest competitor, while he edged teammate David Saylor to win the weight throw. Saylor finished just over an inch behind Orji with a toss of 57'8".

MIT dominated the middle distances as well, picking up the win in the 800 and sweeping the top three spots in the 1000. Fivos Constantinou nudged under two minutes to break the tape in the 800 (1:59.57). In the 1000, Erik Stafl and Sam Berbberian raced to a tie in 2:40.95, with Lucaas Hernandez-Mena following in third.