May 9, 2005

MIT Takes Second at New England Division III Championship

May 9, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Uzoma Orji led the MIT men's track and field team to second place in the New England Division III Championship this past weekend at Springfield College by winning the hammer throw and shot put and finishing sixth in the discus. The Engineers tallied 99.5 points, falling to champion Williams College, which recorded a score of 167.5.

Tech had two other winners on this rainy and windy day. Eric Khatchadourian kicked things off with an outstanding victory in the 10,000 with a time of 32:44.10. Brian Anderson posted MIT's other win in the 800. Despite the conditions, he went out in 53.2 for the first 400 and then held on to run 1:54.29. In the 1,500, John Brewer ran a personal-best time of 4:00.53 to place seventh. Zach Traina and David Blau finished second and fourth in the 100 with times of 10.92 and 11.04. Later on in the 200, Traina and Blau posted personal bests with Traina placing second with a national-qualifying and MIT record time of 21.53 while Blau ran 22.47 for sixth. Chris Desrochers secured eighth place in the 400 hurdles with a personal-best time of 57.51.

In the hammer throw, David Saylor opened with a personal-best throw of 177'2" to take the lead. On his third throw, Orji passed Saylor with a personal best of his own at 182'6". Orji easily won the shot put with a distance of 53'3.75". Nestor Hernandez and Omari Stephens tied for third and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault.

The 4x100 relay team, comprised of Blau, Kenny Rosche, Jonathan Hsieh, and Traina, placed fourth in 42.86. MIT closed the day with with a fifth-place finish in the 4x400 with a time of 3:26.40.