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MIT Captures its 13th Straight NEWMAC Men's Track & Field Title

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Springfield, Mass. -- April 27, 2013 -- MIT scored 290 points and went on to capture its 13th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference track & field championship this afternoon at Springfield College's Blake Track. The Pride finished fourth of the six squads competing with 91 points.

Final point totals read MIT (290), WPI (215), Coast Guard (114), Springfield (91), Babson (35), and Wheaton (26).

It was the 14th conference title for the MIT men in the 15 years the conference has incorporated a men's championship.

Earning the NEWMAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year was junior Adam Scalesse of Coast Guard, winner of the 110 high hurdles, and second-place finisher in the 400 hurdles. Earning the NEWMAC Men's Field Athlete of the Year was junior Wesley DeChristofaro of WPI, winner of the long jump and triple jump, and sixth-place finisher in the high jump. Earning the NEWMAC Male Rookie of the Year was freshman Michael Kaba of MIT, winner of the 400 hurdles, and second-place finisher in the 110 high hurdles.

A total of three NEWMAC individual records were set on the men's side during the course of the afternoon.

In the 800-meter run, senior Patrick Marx of MIT set a new mark of 1:53.21. That broke the record of 1:53.66 set by Mike Griffin of Springfield in 2009.

In the 110 high hurdles, Scalesse of Coast Guard broke his own record, which he set two years ago as a freshman. The new mark is 14.16 seconds. His old mark was 14.72 seconds.

Finally, in the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Michael Kaba of MIT established a NEWMAC record of 53.63 seconds. That broke Scalese's mark of 54.30 seconds which he set in 2011.

The host team won twice during this meet. The victories were produced by senior Anthony Salvucci in the 5000 as he won with a time of 14:56.95, and by junior John Dayton in the hammer throw with a toss of 177-feet even.

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