May 27, 2008

Track and Field Caps Season at NCAA Championships

May 27, 2008

OSHKOSH, Wis. - MIT put the finishing touches on another solid campaign at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Engineers copped a pair of All-America honors during the weekend behind the efforts of two seniors.

Donning the Cardinal and Gray for the last time, Aline Thomas and Omari Stephens accounted for all of MIT's scoring at the pinnacle event in Division III track and field. Thomas, who finished eighth in the second flight of the shot put with a throw of 42'0.75", earned All-America recognition with a sixth-place finish in the hammer. Thomas demolished her existing school record in the hammer by nearly three feet, as she finished second in the second flight with a mark of 170'5".

Stephens led a great effort for MIT in the pole vault. While sophomore Greg Tao earned valuable experience en route to his 10th-place finish on the leader board, Stephens cleared the same height in fewer attempts to earn eighth and a spot on the All-America team. Both competitors cleared 14'11.5".

Junior Emily Hwang finished 15th overall in the vault on the women's side with a leap of 11'5" while sophomore Stephen Morton also competed at the NCAA Championships, finishing 10th in the long jump with a mark of 22'3".