January 21, 2008

MIT Dominates NESCAC Duo In Season Opener

Jan. 19, 2008

Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's track and field blasted regional foes Bates and Colby at the MIT Invitational on Saturday, kick-starting the new campaign with an impressive display of talent and depth. The Engineers, who registered four 1-2-3 sweeps among the many highlights, scored 211 points for the win. Bates finished second with 90 points with Colby totaled 43 to finish third.

Sophomore Stephen Morton looked in mid-season form as he coasted to victories in the sprint events. Morton split 6.58 to win the 55-meter dash and led wire-to-wire in the 200m before breaking the tape with a time of 22.76. Morton held off Anthony Teixeira for the top spot in the 200m, although Tex split 23.23 for one of his four top-three finishes on the afternoon.

The Engineers dominance on the track covered the entire schedule of events. Senior Ulzie Rea ran 52.82 to best classmate Stephen Oney (53.09) in the open quarter while freshman John Granata split 1:24.86 to pace a sweep of the top four places in the 600-meter run.

As the distances increased, so did MIT's command over the field. Junior Yermie Cohen authored one of his two victories in the 1000m, running 2:36.42 as the Engineers posted five of the top six times. Cohen also secured victory in the mile. Out-dueling rookie Paul Welle (4:24.66), Cohen finished with a time of 4:23.63 as the Cardinal and Gray boasted four of the top five finishers. Junior Jake Ruzevick led another impressive sweep in the 3000m, pulling away from three of his teammates en route to a win in the longest race of the day in 8:44.68.

Although the colors cardinal and gray dominated at the finish line, MIT's depth was best displayed in a six-place sweep in the triple jump. Freshman Mattias Flander won for the second consecutive week after a leap of 43'7.25" with Morton and Teixeira taking second and third. Morton responded with his third individual win of the day in the long jump while Teixeira finished in second.

Teixeira finally finished atop the standings in the 55-meter hurdles. The senior specialist out-paced sophomore David Fernholz for first, crossing the line in 7.98 seconds.

The Engineers collected its first 1-2-3 finish on the afternoon in the pole vault. Sophomore Greg Tao pulled out after securing the win while senior Patrick Barragan tied Tao's winning height of 13'5.25" en route to second.

MIT also secured easy wins in the 1600m and 3200-meter relays, although the 4x800m missed on its attempt at the Institute's indoor rookie record.