Short-Handed Engineers Perform Well at All-New England Championships

May 10, 2008

DURHAM, N.H. - Behind a very small contingent, MIT men's track and field managed 20th place out of 38 scoring teams at the 2008 NEICAAA Outdoor Championship. Senior Omari Stephens paced the Engineers at the all-divisional meet, finishing second overall in the pole vault.

Stephens cleared 15'9" in the vault. Despite tying for the best jump of the day, the Tech senior settled for second place as Southern Connecticut State's Sutton Underwood topped the height on his first attempt.

Junior James Oleinik enjoyed another strong performance in the shot put en route to sixth out of 21 entries. Oleinik set a personal record and cleared 50 feet for the first time in his career with a throw of 50'10".

Anthony Teixeira was the only MIT athlete to compete in two individual events. Tex added to MIT's point total with an eighth-place finish in the long jump (22'5") while he just missed qualifying for finals in the 110-meter hurdles after a clip of 15.46.

The Engineers also received good efforts from Stephen Morton in the triple jump (44'11.5") and Vlad Sobes in the javelin (177'2") although both performances finished just outside of scoring.

The University of Rhode Island pulled away for the team championship with the University of Connecticut taking second.