No. 2 Men's Track and Field Shines at Pair of Weekend Meets

No. 2 Men's Track and Field Shines at Pair of Weekend Meets

THE BASICS:

- Location: Reggie Lewis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)

- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 2 ranked MIT men's indoor track and field team competed at the NEICAAA Indoor Championship and the Cupid Challenge, which was hosted by Tufts. At the NEICAAA meet, the Engineers finished 18th out of 24 scoring teams.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

NEICAAA Championship
- In the high jump, sophomore Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) and sophomore Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) each cleared a season-best six feet, 8.25 inches to finish sixth and seventh, respectively. Overall, the duo is now tied for 13th nationally. 

- In the triple jump, senior William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.) finished sixth with a leap of 48 feet, 0.75 inches, while senior Jason Villanueva (Hesperia, Calif.) finished 18th at 45 feet, one inch. 

- Freshman Mac Gregg (The Woodlands, Texas) finished 19th in the long jump at his first NEICAAA Championship as he leapt 21 feet, 7.25 inches. 

Cupid Challenge

- At the Cupid Challenge, the Engineers picked up four individual victories including junior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) in the mile. Gilson won the event in a time of 4:11.03, which converted to 4:07.87 and currently ranks third in the country. 

- Senior Chris Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) was victorious in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.32, while senior Ryan Prinster (Boulder, Colo.) won the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 7.75 inches. Junior Jon Fakkema (Blaine, Wash.) picked up the win in the weight throw at 53 feet, 8.25 inches while he also finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 10.5 inches. Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was second in the shot put at 45 feet, 1.5 inches while also finishing fifth in the weight throw at 47 feet, 1.75 inches. Sophomore Albert Menio (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) was second in the weight throw with a distance of 49 feet, 6.5 inches.

- Freshman Liam Ackerman (Miami, Fla.) finished fourth in the pole vault with a height of 14 feet, 5.25 inches, while fellow freshman Joachim Kennedy (Nashville, Tenn.) was third in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 6.25 inches. In the high jump, sophomore Steven Speck LaGrange, Ohio) picked up a fourth-place finish as he cleared six feet, two inches.

- In the 200 meters, freshman Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) finished second by just .01 seconds as he ran a time of 22.43. Senior Tre Albritten (Plano, Texas) was right behind him in third place at 22.58. In the 1,000 meters, freshman Kent Slaney (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished fifth with a time of 2:34.14, while junior Dennis Maloney (Dublin, Ohio) was fifth in the 5,000 meters at 14:46.86.

- The Engineers 4x400 relay team of Albritten, Wilson, sophomore Simon Alford (Dublin, Ohio) and Gregg finished fifth overall as the group crossed in a time of 3:27.92.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers compete at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday and Saturday and then hosting the Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday at Noon.

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