October 14, 2004

2003-04 Season Highlights

Oct. 14, 2004

  • Senior Brian Anderson emerged as one of the best middle distance runners in the nation during the indoor season. His time of 4:10.61 in the mile was the third fastest in the nation.
  • Sophomore Uzoma Orji was named the NCAA Division III Regional Male Track and Field Athlete of the Season after an explosive performance at the 2004 national championships that also led to NCAA Division III Male Field Athlete of the Meet honors. Orji maintained his firm grasp as the nation's best performer in the shot put, crushing the field with a three-foot victory. His best effort in the event yielded a new Institute record of 59'6.25". The impressive mark also set a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Kachel Fieldhouse facility record and missed the national championship record by seven centimeters. To cap his impressive outing, Orji finished fifth overall in the 35- pound weight throw after throwing the ball 60'3.75". His toss in the weight throw served as the fourth-best in MIT history, while he positioned himself for All-America status in both events. At the national championships, Orji scored all 14 of Tech's points in leading the Engineers to an 11th place finish out of 55 schools that scored.
  • Despite being underdogs for the NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship, MIT once again paced the field en route to its fourth consecutive Conference crown. Sophomore Uzoma Orji won three individual events (hammer throw, discus, shot put), and set a new Institute and championship meet record in the shot put with a throw of 56'11.25". Junior Zach Traina also enjoyed an outstanding day, finishing first in the 200-meter dash after securing a runner-up finish in the 100. Although depth had been a weakness for the Engineers, 1-2-3 sweeps in the pole vault and steeplechase showcased Tech's strength in numbers. Junior Nate Ball led a clean sweep over conference rivals in the vault, while senior Carlos Renjifo combined with two teammates to turn the trick in the steeplechase as MIT managed a 30-point victory.
  • Uzoma Orji was named NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, while Halston Taylor copped Coach of the Year accolades. Graduatestudents Chris Fidkowski and Stuart Laval, senior Carlos Renjifo, juniors John Brewer and Nestor Hernandez, and sophomores Fivos Constantinou, Imran Hendley, Jesse Collins, Stephen Maltas, Steven Kannan, and Uzoma Orji earned Conference All-Academic honors.
  • At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Uzoma Orji earned All- America honors after his second-place throw of 58' 10.25" in the shot put. Junior Nathan Ball took ninth place in pole vault, clearing 15' 7.25".
  • Uzoma Orji capped his spectacular season by being selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team.