Jan. 26, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. - MIT followed up last weekend's season-opening sweep by participating in the highly competitive Terrier Classic. In a meet featuring thousands of athletes from runners and teams around the country, the Engineers performed well and authored several national qualifying performances.
One of the biggest highlights of the weekend came in an early-season attempt for the Engineers to snag an NCAA berth in the distance medley relay on Friday. Racing beyond expectations, MIT finished a stunning third overall with a time of 10:03.30. The Cardinal and Gray finished less than two seconds behind event-winner Duke and were less than one-half tick off the clip turned in by Fordham. Junior Yermie Cohen (3:03.4) put MIT in excellent position with a strong 1200m to open while sophomore Stephen Morton (49.2) showed his versatility and potential by piecing together a solid leg in the quarter. Matt Bieniosek (1:56.7) pieced together an exceptional third leg in the 800m before Jake Ruzevick (4:14.0) anchored the effort with a gutsy run in the mile.
With Friday's success shaping a positive weekend-vibe for the Tech contingent, the Engineers set many personal bests. Morton continues to develop his craft as a high-level competitor and he produced the highest individual finish on the weekend by placing third overall in the long jump. Morton's best leap of 22'3" placed well, but his split of 22.45 in the 200-meter dash probably resulted in his top effort of the day.
Indoor personal records for MIT on Saturday included: Stephen Oney (51.48) in the 400m, Bieniosek (1:07.15) and David Reshef's identical clips in the 500m, David Fernholz (8.22) in the 55-meter hurdles, Bill Phipps (1:57.67) and Peter Mulligan (2:02.03) in the 800m, Cohen (4:16.98) and rookie Paul Welle (4:22.14) in the mile, Joseph Roy-Mayhew (8:37.35) in the 3k, and Chris Wong (15:10.45) and Brian Jacokes (15:21.48) in the 5000m.
MIT also competed well in the 1600-meter relay. Paced by an excellent lead-off split of 50.6 by Oney and a strong anchor by John Granata (50.2), the Engineers finished 11th overall and second among Division III schools with a time of 3:22.81.