MIT Edged By Williams, Victorious Over RPI and Westfield State
Jan. 24, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Williams College dealt a crushing blow to MIT by sweeping Saturday's jumping events en route to a five-point victory over the Engineers at Shobrys and Aronson Track. Tech dropped a 202-197.5 decision against the Ephs, but easily outpaced RPI (145.5) and Westfield State (53) to finish second overall.
Uzoma Orji remained undefeated on the season after crusing to easy wins in the shot put and weight throw. Yet to be tested, Orji threw 54'4" in the shot put before setting a season-best with a three-foot victory in the weight (57'11.5").
Ben Schmeckpeper alsototaled two wins on Saturday. A 2004All-America performer in cross country, Schmeckpeper led a one-two-three sweep for MIT in the mile to open the scoring. Breaking the teape in 4:19.03, Fivos Constantinou and Eric Khatchadourian secured second and third. Schmeckpeper came back later in the day to comfortably win the 1000.
The Engineersthoroughly dominated the distance events, andshowcased a one-two finish in the 5000. Freshman Chris Wong enjoyed the breakout race of the day en route to his first collegiate victory. Wong split 15:49.4 to slip past sophomore teammate Kevin DiGenova, who closed in a very respectable 15:57.44.
The Cardinal and Gray had two other individual event winners. Nate Ball conquered 15'6" to win the pole vault, while rookie Kenny Rosche clipped RPI's Paul Legac to win the 400 with a time of 52.84.
While MIT muscled its way through the distance and field events, Williams upended the Engineers with a deep team of jumpers and an impressive sprint unit. The Ephs took the top two place in the 200, high jump and triple jump. Williams also boasted astong mid-distance corps, and swept the first four spots in the 800.