April 28, 2007

Men's Track and Field Wins Seventh Straight NEWMAC Title

April 28, 2007

NEW LONDON, Conn. - MIT men's track and field once again asserted its dominance at the NEWMAC Championships. Despite entering the meet in the unfamiliar position of second according to the seedings, the Engineers comfortably won their seventh consecutive and eighth overall title in the nine-year history of the league.

MIT won nine individual events en route to the conference crown and the emergence of freshman Stephen Morton led to four of the victories. Morton swept the long and triple jump, secured first in the 200m and anchored Tech's winning 4x100-meter relay. He also finished third overall in the 100m. His effort in the relay helped MIT edge Springfield in an incredibly close heat, while his leadership in the jumps triggered big points for the Cardinal and Gray.

Morton finished just ahead of Chris Bateman and Anthony Teixeira to pace a 1-2-3 sweep in the long jump, while Teixeira added a second-place effort in the triple jump and the 110m high hurdles.

While MIT's depth in the jumps hampered the field, the Engineers total control in the distance events sealed Tech's position atop the leader board. MIT won every event between 1500 and 10,000 meters, including Yermie Cohen, who split 3:58.57 to take first in the 1500m . Freshman Johannes Schneider ran 9:44.19 to easily win the steeple and set the stage for a 1-3-4 finish.

In the two longest races on the track, the Engineers combined to score 58 points with consecutive sweeps of the top four places. Chris Wong led the pack in the 5000m with a time of 15:24.31, while Trevor Rundell held off several of his teammates en route to first place in the 10k.

MIT grabbed Gold in one other event as Greg Tao equaled his personal best in the pole vault after clearing 14'8.75".