April 23, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Engineers won three individual events on Saturday afternoon at the home Coed Invitational. Senior Uzoma Orji picked up victories in the hammer throw and shot put, and sophomore Chris Bruce won the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Orji's mark of 189-04 in the hammer throw bested that of Rhode Island's Mike Bernardo (180-01). In the shot put, Orji's (53-10.50) closest competition came from teammate James Oleinik. Orji also took third in the discus.
Chris Bruce won convincingly in the 3000 meter steeplechase. He finished the event in 10:03.24, well ahead of Brian Ford of Bryant College (10:16.90).
The Engineers strung together several other notable performances. Freshman Jake Ruzevick ran to a second place finish in the 800 (1:58.04) and a third place finish in the 1500 (4:05.81). Sophomore Omari Stephens took second in the triple jump (41-05.75) and third in the pole vault (13-00.00). In the long jump, junior Chris Bateman placed second (21-08.25), and Kenny Rosche ran to third place in the 100 (10.80).
MIT is back in action on Saturday, April 29 when it hosts the NEWMAC championships. The meet is set to start at 10:00 a.m.