Jan. 16, 2006
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The men's track team was dominant in their first competition of the 2006 season this past weekend at Coast Guard. MIT finished first in the three team field with 154 points. Bates came in second with 98.5 points, while Coast Guard finished last with 96.
MIT had several winning performances this past Saturday. Senior sprinter David Blau was victorious in both the 55-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Senior Fivos Constantiou, who had an outstanding cross country campaign just months ago, took home the 1-mile run and the 800-meter run.
A few freshmen also performed well for the Engineers at Coast Guard. Dan Rodgers finished first in the 600-meter run with a time of 126.34, while Trevor Rundell placed first in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:02.38.
In the pole vault, senior Nate Ball was a force for the Engineers, grabbing first place with a 4.73 meter mark. Senior Uzoma Orji was even more dominant in the shot put. His mark of 17.91 meters was far better than the second place distance of 14.42 meters. Orji made it look easy in the weight throw as well, boasting an 18.53 meter throw, 2.1 meters further than the second place distance.
The Engineers will look to build off of their impressive start when they travel to Williamstown, Mass. next Saturday to take on R.P.I., Westfield State and Williams College.