Track and field take 1st and 2nd!
The MIT Men’s Track and Field team captured its eighth New England Division III outdoor title on Saturday, winning the meet held at the Steinbrenner Track with 113 points, snapping Williams College’s streak of eight consecutive team crowns. Tyler S. Singer-Clark ’14 led the way with a pair of individual wins, as the Engineers won four total events but used their outstanding team balance to outscore Williams by 15.5 points.
Singer-Clark accounted for 23.5 points on his own, winning both the 200 meters and 400 meters while also running on a pair of relay for the Engineers. Singer-Clark, Michael DuPlessis ’14, Nicholas A. Diamantoni ’15 and Sheldon N. Trotman finished second in the 4x100 relay.
Singer-Clark, Diamantoni, Brian M. Gager ’13 and Patrick K. Marx ’13 took third in the 4x400 relay. Marx also added a third-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.80.
Daniel E. Harper ’12 completed an impressive double, winning the 10,000 meters on Friday night with a time of 30:20.42 before coming back on Saturday to take third in the 5000 meters in 14:42.97.
Roy A. Wedge ’14 and Benjamin X. Xie ’15 backed up Harper in the 10k with a fifth and sixth-place showing, respectively.
Tech’s final event win came in the pole vault, as Nathan E. Peterson ’13 cleared 15-11.00 feet to take first.
Chinedum K. Umachi ’12 had a pair of strong showing in the throws, taking second in the hammer with a 186-01 foot toss and finishing fourth in the discus with a 152-10 foot effort.
The No. 11 ranked Women’s Track and Field team finished second at this weekend’s New England Division III outdoor championship. The Engineers posted a score of 124 points but it was not enough to overcome Williams College, which captured the team crown with 157 points.
Portia M. Jones ’12 had an outstanding individual effort, winning one event and adding three runner-up performances. Jones won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.34 seconds. She took second in the 100 and 200 meters and was part of the second-place 4x100 relay. Seniors Martha M. Gross and Jamie L. Simmons and Jacqueline A. Brew ’14 joined Jones on the 4x100 relay that finished in 47.48 seconds, just over two-tenths behind the winning group from Worcester State University.
Simmons and Gross were also impressive in the individual events, with Simmons taking second in the 400 and third in the 400 hurdles. Gross was fifth in the 400 and sixth in the 200 meters.
Elaine D. McVay ’15 won the 10,000 meters on Friday evening with a time of 36:14.88. McVay then came back on Saturday to finish third in the 5000 meters in 17:26.37.
Tilly Taylor ’15 won the javelin, throwing 138-07 feet, more than four feet beyond her closest competitor.
MIT racked up the points in the pole vault, with four of the top seven finishers. Lauren B. Kuntz ’13 led the way with a vault of 12-1.50 feet to take second. Joanna K. Chen ’15 was fifth, Katherine A. Wymbs ’14 earned sixth place and Marissa R. Engle ’15 finished in a tie for seventh-place.
Preethi Vaidyanathan ’15 had a solid showing in the high jump, taking third with a jump of 5–2.25 feet.
The Engineers will stay at home again next weekend, as the All-New England Championship comes to the Steinbrenner track. Tech will compete against teams from across Divisions I, II and III in the meet which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.