Feb. 23, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT finished third out of 21 teams that scored at the New England Division III Track and Field Championships. Sophomore Stephen Morton led the Engineers with two Gold's and a Silver, while Omari Stephens led a trio of MIT scorers en route to a victory in the pole vault.
The Engineers totaled 101 points to finish 31 points ahead of fourth-place Coast Guard. The host Tufts Jumbos won the team title with 118 points while Williams finished second with 106. Morton anchored a strong attack for MIT in the jumps. His winning leap of 47'1.75" in the triple jump improved his NCAA provisional mark while Morton also grabbed first in the long jump with a distance of 22'5.75".
Omari Stephens added to the Engineers success in the jumps by closing with a convincing win in the pole vault. Stephens cleared 14'11" for the individual title with Patrick Barragan and Greg Tao securing additional points after finishing sixth and eighth, respectively.
MIT didn't author any individual wins on the track, but it did produce a pair of runner-up finishes. Chris Wong pieced together a terrific run as he fell two seconds shy of a championship in the 5000-meter run. Wong split 15:08.38 while senior Brian Jacokes (15:15.48) finished seventh. In the sprints, Morton once again surfaced among the leaders. The sophomore speedster fell short in his quest for three individual titles, but he still managed a season best with a 22.41 clip in the 200-meter dash.
MIT closed with several other performances of note. Joseph Roy-Mayhew was off his season-best pace, but still finished third in the 3000m with a time of 8:42.55. John Granata and Anthony Teixeira set personal bests, with Granata splitting 1:22.91 for fifth in the 600m, and Tex sprinting to a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.87. Freshman Nick Leonard also provided a boost for the Cardinal and Gray, totaling a season-high 2,912 points en route to eighth in the pentathlon.