Engineers Exceed Expectations At New England Division III Championships
Feb. 17, 2007
LEWISTON, Maine - Freshman Stephen Morton scored 18 points and the Engineers grabbed first place in both relays as MIT finished third overall at the New England Division III Track and Field Championships. MIT, which has the most top-three finishes in meet history, yielded the top spot to Williams College, winners of a fourth consecutive regional crown.
Morton secured the Engineers' top individual finish of the day with a second-place run in the 200-meter dash. A tough draw in prelims nearly cost the rookie a chance in the event final, but once there, he split 22.58 to steal second in a tight race. Morton also jumped 45'10.5" to finish third in the triple jump.
Omari Stephens and sophomore Jake Ruzevick also secured third-place finishes at Saturday's championship. Stephens followed up a career-best split in the 55-meter hurdles to finish third in the pole vault. Stephens vaulted 14'5.5" to finish just ahead of teammate Greg Tao, who vaulted a career-high 14'2.75" to take fourth. Ruzevick earned his Bronze in the 1000-meter run, running a personal-record 2:31.12 to top both his seed time and place.
The Engineers had numerous personal bests against the field, including Anthony Teixeira's 7.92 clip in the high hurdles. Teixeira's time led to a fourth-place finish, while Stephens grabbed sixth after closing in 8.06. In the early part of the meet, Chris Bateman led a strong team performance in the long jump, posting a personal record of 21'8.75" to finish fourth. Morton jumped 21'7.25" en route to fifth, while Teixeira finished eighth.
The Engineers secured their top-three finish in the team standings and placed some heat on Williams and Tufts after a clean sweep in Saturday's relays. MIT led wire-to-wire in winning the 4x800m with a time of 7:56.63. The Cardinal and Gray secured another sizable win in the distance medley relay, finishing in 10:32.63 to close four seconds ahead of second-place Brandeis.