Men Finish Second At Division III Meet Rajter, Mazor, Rosenfeld, Montgomery Close Meet with Narrow Win in RelayBy Anthony Pelosi and Yuval Mazor
The men’s outdoor varsity track and field team put forth a tremendous effort to place second at the New England Division III Meet held at Connecticut College on May 5 and 6.
Williams entered the meet seeded first with 158 points, Wheaton second with 116 points, and MIT third with 69 points in the field of over 40 schools. Although Williams held on to win with 143 points, MIT exceeded all expectations, taking second with 105 points to Wheaton’s 91 points.
It took outstanding performances across the board for MIT to surpass the heavily talented Wheaton squad. MIT was sparked by five New England Division III first place titles including Sean J. Montgomery ’01, Edward A. Keehr ’01, Samuel H. Thibault G and Christopher J. Kahn, and the members of the 4x400m track team.
Montgomery took down a stacked 800-meter field with a national provisionally qualifying time of 1:53.40.
Keehr won the 10,000-meter run with a personal best time of 32:01.93.
Thibault cleared a height of 14’03.25 in the pole vault and, despite a vicious cross wind, Kahn threw a personal best in the discus throw with a toss of 152’11.00.
MIT athletes had five other national provisional qualifiers who scored in nearly every event. Brian C. Anderson ’04 nearly took down the indoor national champion with a 3:55.65 in the 1500-meter. Anderson took second in the race.
Richard F. Rajter ’03 set personal records in both the trials and finals of the 110-meter hurdles. Rajter eventually finished in second with a time of 14.88 after he placed seventh in the high jump.
Also taking second was season scoring leader Craig D. Mielcarz ’03. Mielcarz leapt to an incredible height of 6’09.00” in the high jump.
Rounding out the national qualifiers were Khan and Kalpak D. Kothari ’01. Khan set a new MIT freshman record in the hammer throw with a throw of 169’6”. Kothari amazed fans with a jump of 46’06.75 in the triple jump. The jump was good enough for fourth in the loaded field of jumpers.
MIT scores points in many events
MIT was truly represented across the board, as they picked up additional points in the sprints, jumps, and distance events.
Marc R. Washington ’03 took sixth in the 200-meter dash. Captain Anthony R. Pelosi ’01 lead the sprinters with a fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. Sean Nolan ’03 ran for fifth in the 5000-meter run and William F. Johnston G took eighth in the 10,000-meter run.
The pole vaulters were MIT’s highest scorers as Daniel F. Opila ’03 and Daniel Kwon ’02 followed Thibault, finishing third and fifth respectively.
MIT narrowly wins 4x400-meter
The highlight of the meet was the last event--the 4x400-meter relay.
MIT’s relay team edged out Springfield for the victory. The team of Rajter, Yuval Mazor ’02, Todd A. Rosenfield ’01, and Montgomery put on a dazzling display for a time of 3:19.07.
Because of the three-turn staggered start, Rajter ran all alone out in lane eight. However, Rajter was able to give Mazor the baton before anyone else.
Mazor ran the second fastest split and held the lead all the way around and handed off to Rosenfield a stride in front.
Rosenfield and Springfield came off the last curve neck-and-neck and handed off dead even.
Springfield’s anchor was able to cut ahead of Montgomery going into the first turn but Montgomery stayed right on Springfield’s heels.
It was an all out sprint on the home stretch, as Montgomery blazed home with a spectacular finish. MIT edged out Springfield by 21/100 of a second. MIT has now won four consecutive Division III 4x400 meter relay titles, dating back to last year’s indoor championships.
The All New England Championships, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, and National Division III meet are still to come for those who qualified.
However, it’s hard not to look ahead to next year already. With a strong incoming class of freshmen, especially in the sprints department, and a large graduating class for Williams, MIT will be shooting for nothing less than first place next year in all of New England Division III.
This year has still been a huge success, winning the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference championships and placing second at the New England Division III Championships. This win serves as a tribute to the hard working coaches and seniors who have given their all to the team for the last four years.