Feb. 21, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked no. 8 MIT men’s track and field team used a solid overall performance to capture a tie for second place at the NCAA Division III New England Championship at the Shobrys and Aronson track on Saturday. Stephen Morton shattered the MIT record in the triple jump while taking first-place in the long jump for the Engineers
Morton reached the NCAA Automatic qualifying distance with his jump of 48-6.75 feet in the triple jump, besting his own Institute record by over seven inches. Morton also captured the individual title in the long jump with a jump of 22-7.75 feet. The junior All-American added a pair of top three finishes on the track to his impressive performances in the field. He took third in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.56 seconds. Morton also finished just four one-hundredths of a second off the pace in the 200m, running one lap of the track in 22.41 for second place.
Paul Welle (8:48.58) led a group of three Engineers in the top 10 of the 3000 meters, finishing fourth overall. Hemagiri Arumugam came in seventh at 8:49.94 and Ben Mattocks’ time of 8:52.29 was good for 10th. Bill Phipps (2:31.95) at 1000m, Yermie Cohen (4:19.72) in the mile and Matt Bieniosek (1:57.38) in the 800 meters all picked up third-place points for the host squad.
The Cardinal and Grey finished in a tie for second with nationally-ranked no. 4 Tufts with 104 points. The two teams followed overall winner Williams, which compiled 145 points.
MIT will compete in the New England Collegiate Indoor Championship next weekend at Boston University.