MIT Men’s Track Stars Compete in NCAA FinalsBy Eric Khatchadourian
The MIT Varsity Indoor Track Team will send two athletes to compete at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championship this weekend at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
All-American Brian C. Anderson ’04, who finished third in the nation last year in the 800 meter run, is set to race both the 800 and the 1500 this year. He is seeded third in both events. Anderson has had an outstanding indoor season so far, running as fast as 1:52.88 in the 800 and 4:10.11 in the mile, times which put him near the top of the all-time performance list in MIT’s history.
All-American Uzoma A. Orji ’06 is poised to continue his dominance of the shot put, his main event, and he will also be competing in the weight throw at the national competition. Orji is seeded first in the nation in the shot put and sixth in the weight throw. Orji has also had an outstanding season as he continues to break his own school record in the shot put and is moving to the top in the weight throw, an event he only started competing in last year.
Together, Anderson and Orji have scored an impressive number of points for MIT during the season and will likely have a strong showing at nationals.
The rest of MIT’s team is currently training for the upcoming outdoor season where they hope to defend their New England Division III title.