Engineers Dominate State of Maine In Five-Way Victory
April 14, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Rookie Stephen Morton dominated his events and the Engineers collected 11 event victories as MIT defeated four opponents from the Pine Tree State, Saturday, at Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT closed with 262 points to finish well-ahead of second-place Bates College (191), while Colby (91), Southern Maine (85) and Colby-Sawyer (43), finished third through fifth, respectively.
MIT was dominant in nearly every part of the meet, winning every event on the track from 100-5000 meters with the exception of the steeplechase and the 400 hurdles. Morton was in spectacular form as he easily swept the sprint events. Morton broke the tape in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.88 before cruising to a split of 21.91 in the 200m.
Morton also led a tremendous team performance in the jumps. The freshman jumped 22'8" to outdistance teammate Anthony Teixeira for top honors in the long jump, although Teixeira paced a 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump after a leap of 43'6". Morton equaled Teixeira's distance later in the event to secure second, while Chris Bateman followed up a fourth-place finish in the long jump to finish third in the triple. Teixeira's win in the triple jump served as his second victory on the day after he outdueled Omari Stephens for a 1-2 finish in the 110-meter high hurdles.
The highlights for the Engineers on Saturday were numerous. James Oleinik enjoyed an easy victory in the shot out as his toss of 48'11" was over three feet further than the nearest competitor, while Greg Tao won the pole vault. William Fedus split 50.07 to win the open 400m and followed up with a fifth-place finish in the 200m, and the 4x100-meter relay unit was also convincing in its first-place showing.
Bill Phipps finished on top in the race of the day, splitting 1:58.14 to finish three-one hundredths of one second ahead of Southern Maine's Jimmy Sawyer (1:58.17). MIT had three runners under the 2-minute mark in the race and three of the top six finishers.
MIT was even more dominant in the 5000m. While senior Eric Khatchadourian cruised to victory in a time of 15:10.4, the Cardinal and Gray also grabbed third through fifth, with Chris Wong, Brian Jacokes and Trevor Rundell authoring the mighty team effort.