Feb. 18, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -The host Engineers finished fourth at this weekend's New England Division III Championship at Shobrys and Aronson Track. MIT's only event victories came by the hands of senior Uzoma Orji, who broke the meet record in the weight throw and tied the shot put mark. Placing ahead of MIT (57.50) was repeat champion Williams College (153), Tufts University (131) and Bates College (62.50).
Orji, who has consistently ranked among the nation's best in both the shot put and weight throw, had another top notch performance on Sunday. Already with the meet record of 57'1" (2004) heading into the competition, the senior tied his own record-breaking mark. The next best throw was 52-04.75 by Springfield's Alex Kampersal. Orji was more impressive in the weight throw. His toss of 62-09.25 established a new meet record. The previous record was set by Mike Pockowski (62'0.5") of WPI in 1999.
Senior David Blau had a strong day for Tech. He raced to third place finishes in the 55 (6.56) and 200 meter dash (22.70). Sophomore Omari Stephens also performed well with a sixth place finish in the 55 meter hurdles (8.07) and a fourth place tie in the pole vault (13-06.00). In the 3000 meter run, sophomore Joe Roy-Mayhew ran an 8.48.28 for fifth place, and senior Eric Khatchadourian earned fourth in the 5000 meter run with a 15:14.44 mark. On Saturday, senior Thad Wozniak totaled 2915 points and placed eighth in the pentathlon.
MIT next competes in the NEICAAA Championships in Boston, Massachusetts on February 24. The meet will begin at 5:00 p.m.