Jan. 23, 2006
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Engineers took part in the annual Williams Quad on Saturday at the Herbert S. Towne Field House and came away with victories in five events. MIT took an early 37 point lead, but the Williams College Ephs battled back to win by 15 points. Behind Williams (207) and MIT (192) followed RPI (109) and Westfield State (90). Seniors Uzoma Orji and Nate Ball provided MIT's highlights with Field House records in the weight throw and the shot put.
The meet, won last year by the Ephs by seven points over MIT, was a close fought battle until the end. Early on, sophomore Omari Stephens won the 55-meter hurdles for the Engineers. MIT senior Eric Khatchadourian was victorious in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:00.07.
The best competition of the day featured MIT's Uzoma Orji up against the Williams' Dan Austin, the outdoor national discuss champion. Orji, ranked number one nationally in both the shot put and the weight throw, significantly outdid Austin in both events. Orji claimed a 17.29 meter throw in the shot put, well further than Austin's 15.75 meter toss. Then in the weight throw, Orji established a new Field House record with an 18.99 meter throw.
Also posting a new Field House record on Saturday was MIT's Nate Ball, who won the pole vault with a 4.80 meter mark. Unfortunately for the Engineers, they found themselves slightly behind Williams before the relay events. The Ephs then took home both the 4x440 and 4x880 relays to put MIT away.
The Engineers will look to build off of several strong individual performances when they travel to Brunswick, Maine on Saturday, January 28 for another Quad meet. The meet against Springfield, Tufts and Bowdoin will begin at 12:30 p.m.