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Martinez Takes First at DIII New Englands

By JORDAN HOWELL

Exceptional performances against top-notch talent highlighted last week’s DIII New Englands meet for the track and field teams. 

“I thought overall we had some really solid performances,” said Jonathan Perlman ’19. “After a big meet like Nescacs, it can be difficult to compete the next weekend with the same level of intensity. Despite that, a lot of guys were able to build off the momentum of Nescacs and set PRs.”

The women came in ninth with 27 points in a field of 33. MIT, winners in both the men’s and women’s meets, finished with 161 points in the women’s meet. 

There were several crucial pieces to the women’s success this week. Kate McCluskey ’18 came in second place in the 200-meter race with a time of 24.97, breaking her own school record, which she set just the week before. 

The 1500 also turned out favorably for the Panthers, as Tasha Greene ’21, Katie Glew ’21, and Abigail Nadler ’19 came in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Greene had a time of 4:34.58, Glew had a time of 4:35.49, and Nadler had a time of 4:35.52.

The men’s team also competed in a 33-team field and finished fourth with 62.5 points. MIT racked up 167.5 points in their first-place finish. 

Following his winning performance as Nescacs, Nick Hendrix ’20 did well in the 200-meter race with a time of 21.72, netting him second place. There were several contributors in the 400-meter race. Jimmy Martinez ’19 came in first with a time of 48.29. James Mulliken ’18 came in fourth with a time of 49.79. Also, William Robertson ’21 got sixth place with a time of 50.27. 

John Natalone ’19 did well in the pole vault event with a vault of 4.55 meters, good for a fourth-place finish. 

With a time of 42.08, the 4×100 relay team, composed of Hendrix, Martinez, Jackson Bock ’19 and Mike Pallozzi ’18, broke the school record. 

Perlman saw success in the 1500-meter race as he captured second place, coming in at 3:54.41.

“I was really happy with my race in the 1500,” said Perlman. “I felt like it was my best race of the season. I put myself in good position the first half of the race and was able to make a move for the lead with 600 meters to go.”

Next up for the Panthers is the Open New England Championship at Dartmouth tomorrow and Saturday, May 11 and May 12. 

“Open New Englands is a very competitive meet, so we’ll look to take advantage of the talented field and try to continue to set PRs.” Perlman said. “Our goal for the rest of the season will be to continue to improve our marks and get as many guys qualified for NCAAs as possible.”

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