Vaulters Secure Top-10 Finish for MIT at ECAC Championships

May 17, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - With another small contingent in tow, MIT muscled its way to a 10th-place finish out of 53 scoring teams at the 2008 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Tech's pole vaulters paced the team scoring, including Greg Tao, who captured Gold behind an NCAA provisional mark in the event.

Tao cleared 15'5" as the sophomore won the competition by six inches. Senior Omari Stephens nearly provided MIT with a 1-2 finish, although he settled for third after clearing 14'11" in one more attempt than runner-up finisher Adam Haggerty of Southern Maine. Patrick Barragan capped the Engineers' effort in the vault as he cleared 14'5.25" en route to seventh overall.

Stephen Morton and Anthony Teixeira covered the horizontal jumps for the Cardinal and Gray, although neither competitor topped their previous season-bests. Morton jumped 22'1.75" to finish sixth in the long jump and grabbed ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 44'5". Teixeira finished 10th in the long jump (21'9") and closed in 12th in the triple (43'5.75").

The only other MIT competitor to make the trek to Springfield was junior James Oleinik, who despite falling short of his personal record at All-New England's, finished fourth overall in the shut put with a throw of 49'5".