Men’s Track and Field Falls to Williams, 116-85

Sophomore Cody Bratten
Sophomore Cody Bratten

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The No. 15 ranked MIT men's track and field team fell to No. 11 Williams College, 116-85, at the Dick Farley Invitational on Saturday afternoon. As a team, the Engineers won seven individual events and set 12 personal records, but it wasn't enough to overcome the best team in New England.

Sophomore Livingston Albritten (Plano, Texas) got things started with a first place finish in the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.84-seconds after taking second in the 100-meter dash in 10.85-seconds. Senior States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) followed in Albritten's footsteps with a win of his own in the 400-meter dash in 48.03-seconds and crossed the line second in the 200m in 22.36-seconds.

Sophomore Chris Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) set personal records in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.28) and the 400-meter hurdles (53.79) for second places finishes in each event. His time in the 400m race was eighth fastest in the country. 

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) ran a time of 9:43.91 as he crossed the line first overall. Lee then teamed up with classmates Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) and Derek Barnes (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) as well as junior Danny Newman (St. Charles, Ill.) to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3:23.28.

In the field, junior Arinze Okeke (Hawthorne, Calif.) won the long jump with a best leap of 22-feet, 2.50-inches (6.77m), while sophomore William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.) was right behind him in third with a personal best jump of 21-feet, 9.5-inches (6.64m).

The triple jump saw MIT clinch the top-5 finishing positions to sweep the points available in the event which was led by senior D. Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) with a distance of 47-feet, 9.25-inches (14.56m). Motley also registered a jump of 21-feet, 8-inches (6.60m) for fifth in the long jump. 

Behind Motley in the triple was Ruschel (46-feet, 10.75-inches - 14.29m), Okeke (46-feet, 6.25-inches - 14.18m), senior Angel Echevarria (Sacramento, Calif.) with a leap of 46-feet, 6-inches (14.17m) and sophomore Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) in fifth (44-feet, 6-inches - 13.50m)

Freshman Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) set a personal records in both the discus and hammer throw. The freshman claimed second in the discus with a distance of 134-feet (40.85m) and third in the hammer (148-feet, 1-inch - 45.14m). The best finish for the throwers came from sophomore Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) who won the discus with a throw of 148-feet, 6-inches (45.27m). 

MIT returns to action next weekend as some members of the team will head to Princeton University on Friday, April 22 for the Larry Ellis Invitational, while others will compete at home in the Sean Collier Invitational on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 10:15 a.m. from Steinbrenner Stadium.

Current NCAA Qualifiers (Top 16 (Relay), 20 (Individual) in Nation in Each Event) - As of Apr. 19th, 2016 

 Livingston Albritten  7th  200m  21.49  PLNU Invitational  3/26/16 
 States Lee  3rd  400m  47.68  PLNU Invitational  3/26/16
 Matthew Deyo  18th   10,000m   31:27.58   BSU Bears Invitational  3/26/16
 Michael Kaba  4th  110HH  14.54  PLNU Invitational  3/26/16
 Michael Kaba  5th  400HH  53.71  MIT Quad
 Chris Sweeney  8th  400HH  53.79  MIT vs. Williams  4/16/16
 Lee, Kaba, Newman, Albritten   8th  4x400  3:17.08  PLNU Invitational  3/26/16
 Arinze Okeke  2nd  Triple Jump   14.73m  PLNU Invitational  3/26/16
 D. Carrington Motley  6th  Triple Jump  14.56m  MIT vs. Williams  4/16/16
 William Ruschel  11th  Triple Jump   14.40m  PLNU Invitational  3/26/16
 Angel Echevarria  13th  Triple Jump  14.27m  PLNU Invitational  3/26/16