April 3, 2006

Men's Track Takes First In Spring Fling Meet

April 3, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The men's track team concluded their spring break trip with another solid outing at the University of Florida Diet Pepsi Invitational last Saturday. Competing against some of the country's top programs including University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Florida State, University of Virginia, Indiana University and University of Florida, the Engineers turned in several quality performances.

After a mediocre showing in the previous day's competition, senior Uzoma Orji stepped up in both the hammer throw and the shot put. His NCAA qualifying marks of 187-7 in the hammer throw and 57-11.75 in the shot put gave him seventh and third place finishes. Freshman James Oleinik posted career highs in the hammer (129-8) and discus throws (121-1).

The Engineers also found success in other events. Despite being on the tale end of a grueling spring trip, several of MIT's athletes notched season-best marks. These highlights were provided by sophomore Dave Reshef in the 800 (2:00.94), sophomore Chris Bruce in the 3000 steeplechase (10:03.89), senior Eric Khatchadourian in the 5K (15:35.06), senior Thad Wozniak in the long jump (20-3 1/2) and sophomore Anthony Teixeira in the triple jump (43-3 3/4). The 4x400 squad also looked strong with a time of 3:28.47.

MIT also competed against Colby College and Grinnell College in the Spring Fling Meet last Wednesday in Clermont, Florida. The Engineers won every event but one and placed first with 209 points, while Colby (120) and Grinnell (16) trailed behind. Sophomore Omari Stephens and senior David Blau led the way for MIT with multi-event victories.

Blau was victorious in both the 100 (11.1) and 200 (22.34) meter dash, and Stephens took the pole vault (13-0) and the 110 meter hurdles (15.88). Also with first place marks were freshman Alex Rothberg (51.17 in the 400), senior Fivos Constantinou (4:04.97 in the 1500), Dave Reshef (2:01.74 in the 800), freshman Jake Ruzevick (16:26.33 in the 5000), Chris Bruce (10:12.22 in the 3000 steeplechase) Uzoma Orji (53-2.50 in the shot put) and junior Chris Bateman (19-8.50 in the long jump). The Engineers also walked away with wins in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

MIT next competes in Worcester, Mass. in the Engineer's Cup against with RPI and WPI. Action will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.