Men's Track and Field Peaking In Time For Postseason
Feb. 10, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The men's track and field team split their squad this past weekend, taking part in Boston University's Valentine's Classic, while hosting the MIT Coed Invitational. Both meets yielded positive results for the Engineers, who are one week away from the 2007 New England Division III Championships.
Sophomore Jake Ruzevick got things started at the Valentine's Classic held on BU's banked track with a NCAA provisionally qualifying, first time effort in the 5000-meter run, crossing the line in 14:49.87. Joseph Roy-Mayhew took to the oval next, running a new personal best in the mile run. Running negative splits of 67, 66, 65, 65, Roy-Mayhew ran a 4:24.05. A trio of runners represented MIT in the 800m.
Sophomore Matt Bieniosek led the way with a new best of 1:57.09. Freshman Bill Phipps followed that up with his own personal best of 1:58.82 to win his section, while Archi Stuk finished things up with his own MIT best of 2:01.41.
Stephen Morton, running without blocks and stumbling coming out of the final turn, nevertheless lowered his own freshman record in the 200 to 22.44. The fields were so crowded at BU that they did not allow runners to take the time to set up blocks.
In the field, the only MIT competitor was James Oleinik. Competing in the shot put, Oleinik set a season best of 48'2.75". The only event for the men held on Saturday was the distance medley relay. MIT's intention was to improve their mark for the NE Division III meet next week and to see how some of the guys would compete fresh. Yermie Cohen has been having a great season and continued that with a very nice 3:09 lead off 1200m leg. Alex Rothberg ran his best 400m of the season, clocking a 51.3. Peter Mulligan continued to improve and get the with his personal best 2:00.2 800m split. Hemagiri Arumugam anchored the 10:19.88 relay with an excellent 4:19.1 1600m leg.
The only athlete to compete in both the Valentine Classic and MIT's Coed Invitational was Oleinik. Setting a season best the night before at BU, Oleinik threw a personal best of 49'7" to win the shot put competition at Shobrys and Aronson Track.
Junior Anthony Teixeira enjoyed a fine day of competition, setting two personal bests at the Coed Invite. In the high hurdles, Teixeira sprinted to a 8.04 victory and then came back to place third in the long jump with a leap of 21'5.25", just ahead of teammates Chris Bateman and Stephen Morton who both jumped 21'4.25".
Senior Brian Jacokes led a group of MIT distance runners in the 5000m and authored a huge PR en route to winning the event in 15:41.83. Other fine performances turned in were Will Gibson's PR of 1:28.34 in the 600m; Chris Wong, Jack Bourbonnais and Rocco Repetski in the mile running 4:30.52, 4:31.80 and 4:35.42 respectively; Eric Beecher with a season best of 5'11.25" in the high jump; and Jonathan Hsieh's season best of 6.84 in the 55 dash.