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Unbeaten indoor track team beats Bowdoin Polar Bears

By Christopher Y. Kim


The indoor track team broke a 14-year jinx at the Polar Bears' den, defeating Bowdoin on its home track for the first time since 1971.

Last Saturday's 92-43 victory ended the Engineers' dual-meet season. The win also extended MIT's unbeaten streak in dual-meet competition to 24 in 18 meets.

MIT dominated the meet, as host Bowdoin placed more than one finisher in only one event.

All three 35-pound weight throwers set personal records on their way to sweeping the event. Co-Captain Pat Parris '85 set a meet record with a winning throw of 60@# 5". Greg Procopio '85 and Bill Kelly '85 were right behind with throws of 53@# 61/2" and 47@# 51/2", respectively.

The Engineers secured the top two places in the shotput when Parris won on his last attempt with 44@# 3". Procopio finished second with a put of 42@# 41/4".

The other fieldmen held their own. Ed Freeman '86 finished second in the long jump with 20@# 33/4", and Joe Peters '88 finished third with his final jump of 19@# 103/4".

The Engineers fared better in the triple jump, as Ed Martin '85 won with 41@# 2", and Kirk Beatty '85 took third with a jump of 40@# 101/2".

Co-captain Ron Smith '85 captured second in the high jump, clearing 6@#. The pole vaulters dominated their event, as Hugh Ekberg '88 and Ross Dreyer '86 finished first and second, respectively, with vaults of 13@#.

The depth and strength of the Engineers' runners proved to be too much for Bowdoin to handle. Gordon Holterman '87 started off with a relatively easy victory in the one-mile run in 4:29.5. Rod Hinman '88 roared from behind to edge out his opponent for second in 4:31.6.

The short sprinters proved to be a source of strength to the team. Sean Garrett '88 had an easy victory in the 45-yard hurdles, winning by half a second in 5.9 seconds.

Ed Arenberg '85 returned from an injury layoff in fine form, winning the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. Joe Peters was right behind in second place in 4.8 seconds.

The Engineers held off the Polar Bears in the intermediate sprints. Mike Hammond '87 could not catch the leader in the 440-yard dash, and had to settle for second in 55.0 seconds. Charles Parrott '87 won his heat and placed third with a time of 55.7 seconds.

Dave Richards '86 had to fend off his challenger from start to finish in capturing the 600-yard run in 1:16.3. John Hradnansky '85 finished third in 1:18.9 in his first attempt at this distance.

The middle distance runners were another source of strength for MIT, as Ron Smith set a meet record in the 880-yard run with 2:00.3 despite some interference from a Bowdoin runner. Andrew Peddie '86 held off his challenger and took third with 2:05.0.

Gordon Holterman led an Engineer sweep of the 1000-yard run in winning his second event of the day in an easy 2:21.5. Brian Callaghan '87 followed in second place with a strong 2:24.9, and Mike Halle '88 finished third, with his first varsity point, with a time of 2:35.4.

The two-mile runners also had a strong race, as Bill Bruno '85 and Eugene Tung '88 charged from behind with less than a quarter of a mile left, in a cat-and-mouse game with a Bowdoin runner, to finish first and second in 9:38.8 and 9:39.9.

MIT held back in the two final relays, but still managed to make them close. The mile relay team of Arenberg, Hradnansky, Peddie and Smith was edged out by two-tenths of a second. Smith's 52.9 second anchor leg, which would have set another meet record in the open 440-yard dash, was not enough to overcome Bowdoin's lead in the race.

The two-mile relay team of David Schultz '87, Halle, Callaghan and Hinman also stayed close in another nip-and-tuck relay, but Hinman's strong anchor leg was not enough to pass Bowdoin, and MIT lost by 2 seconds in 8:40.6.

Coach Gordon Kelly was extremely pleased to break the Bowdoin jinx and was a little surprised at the Polar Bears' relatively poor showing. "It was as if Bowdoin was the visiting team," Kelly remarked.

The undefeated Engineers are gearing up for the New England Division III Championships Friday and Saturday at the duPont Athletic Center. MIT is looking to avenge its narrow loss to Brandeis in last year's championships.