Feb. 2, 2008
BOWDOIN, Maine - MIT primed itself for the postseason with another dominating team effort in a five-way meet hosted by Bowdoin College. Tufts scored 107 points to lead the race for second, although the Engineers amassed 240 points to cap the dual portion of their slate with a perfect 6-0 record.
Sophomore sensation Stephen Morton scored 40 points to pace MIT's attack. Morton authored four first-place finishes and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships with a winning leap of 46'0.75" in the triple jump. Morton also won the long jump with a season-best distance of 22'8.5" while he dominated the sprint events in typical fashion to cap another impressive day.
MIT athletes littered the top of the results, taking 1-2 finishes in four events while winning both relays. In the 200-meter dash, Anthony Teixeira split a season-best 23.18 to finish just back of Morton while the Engineers shined in the middle distance and distance events.
John Granata led from the gun en route to a new MIT freshman record in the 600m, finishing with a time 1:23.63 to out-last teammate Bill Phipps. In the 3000m, MIT swept the top three places. Yermie Cohen earned the win in 8:43.73 after battling senior Brian Jacokes (8:45.95), who set a big personal best. The Cardinal and Gray also enjoyed a 1-2 finish in the 5k as Hemagiri Arumugam and Gihan Amarasiriwardena also ran personal bests.
MIT was impressive in its sweep of the relays. Granata carried over momentum from his victory in the 600m to lead a come-from-behind win in the 4x400 as he split 50.5 to anchor the winning performance of 3:25.56. In the 4x800, the Engineers were never threatened and despite a modest run of 8:02.93, MIT hopes it accomplished the goal of landing a spot in the fast section at the New England Championships.
Omari Stephens returned to the track for the first time in three weeks and made his season-debut in the 55-meter hurdles with a personal-best 7.94 en route to the win. Greg Tao picked up 10 points with a win in the pole vault (14'2.75") while Matt Bieniosek finished first in the 800m (1:57.84).