March 29, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Competing as a team for the first time in the 2009 outdoor season, the MIT men’s track and field team took home a second-place showing at the Point Loma Nazarene Collegiate Challenge while on a spring break training trip this weekend. The Engineers relied on their balance and depth, securing the solid team showing despite winning just two individual events.
Paul Welle was one of those first-place finishers, edging his opponent in the 3000m Steeplechase by just two-tenths of a second, crossing the finish in 9:40.68. Welle also secured valuable points for Tech in the 800m finishing sixth with a time of 1:58.22. Teammate Bill Phipps took fourth in the event in 1:57.27.
The Engineers had a pair of top three finishers in the 1500m and 5000m, as Yermie Cohen secured second-place in both events. Cohen opened the season with solid times, running 3:58.53 in the 1500 and 15:10.21 in the 5000. He was followed in each event by a pair of teammates, Matt Bieniosek (4:06.05) and Hemagiri Arumugam (15:18.78) each recorded third-place showings.
MIT’s other event winner came in the field, as sophomore Mitchell Kelly captured the discuss with a throw of 145-06 feet. All-American Stephen Morton was the runner-up in both jumping events to help earn 26 team points for Tech.
Azuza Pacific took home the team title with 313.50 points, beating out the Engineers, who finished with 285.50 points.
MIT returns to New England for next weekend’s Engineer's Cup hosted by WPI on Saturday, April 4.