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Track's 21-meet winning streak ends

[mk1]By Christopher Y. Kim

The indoor track team started its season on a mixed note Saturday at the Athletic Center, as it lost to Division I rival Holy Cross (66-60) and defeated Division III rivals Worcester Polytechnical Institute (34) and Brandeis University (14).

The loss ended MIT's unbeaten streak at 28 opponents in 21 meets since the spring of 1983. The Engineers, however, have not lost to or tied a Division III rival since January 1983.

The weight throws are two events in which the team is developing new talent after the loss of three top weightmen. MIT was shut out of both the 35-pound weight throw and the shot put, but had entrants very close to placing.

MIT was also shut out in the triple jump. But the Engineers first struck in the long jump as Joe Peters '88 leapt 20' 4" to second place.

Glenn Hopkins '87 captured the high jump, outperforming the field at 6' 2" and becoming the first Engineer to win an event this season.

The pole vaulters promise to be a force to be reckoned with in the field events. Co-captain Ross Dreyer '86 won the event with a vault of 13' 6" . Bobb White '87 followed in third with 12' 6" , and Tad Artis '86 placed fourth with an 11' 6" effort.

Gordon Holterman '87 led the 1500-meter run from the start and took the first running event in 4:05.11. Teammate Rod Hinman '88 snared fourth place in 4:09.05.

MIT's strength continued to show in the sprinting events. Sophomore sensation Sean Garrett '88 flew ahead of the pack to win the 55-meter high hurdles in 7.84 seconds.

Peters scored again in the 55-meter dash, coming in third with 6.72 seconds.

Scoring at the meet did not reflect the Engineers' strong foundations in the intermediate sprints. The Brandeis Judges' major input into the competition came in the 400-meter dash, as they swept all four places for 11 of their 14 points. This was a major blow to MIT's victory chances, as MIT followed very closely in fifth, sixth and seventh places in the event, but had no points to show for the effort.

The Engineers fared much better in the 500-meter dash, as co-captain Dan Lin '86 came from behind and then held on to take the event in a personal best 1:06.11. Marc Light '88 finished closely behind in third with 1:07.19.

This year's middle-distance runners have been bolstered by old and new talent from a very strong cross-country team, which had placed eighth in the National Division III Championships last month. Holterman captured his second event of the afternoon, the 800-meter run, with a time of 1:58.20. Sean Walker '89 followed in third with 2:00.56.

MIT performed nearly as well in the 1000-meter run, capturing second and fourth places. But Holy Cross took first and third in this event to widen their lead to nine, with three events remaining.

Kyle Robinson '89 had a strong race, coming in second with 2:37.57, but couldn't catch up with the leader. Teammate Brian Callaghan '87 finished fourth in 2:37.80.

The long distance runners made a heroic effort in trying to keep MIT's streak alive. Robert Zak G and Will Sauer G had hard-earned efforts throughout the 3000-meter run in placing third and fourth, respectively, with 8:56.87 and 8:57.53.

Zak stayed close with the leaders through most of the race. But a Holy Cross runner pulled away from the pack in the final lap to win the race and to seal the Crusaders' victory.

Both relay teams ran away with easy wins although the fate of the meet had already been decided. The 1600-meter relay of Charles Parrott '87, Mike Hammond '87, Light and Lin had little trouble in dispatching the competition with a time of 3:31.17. A much-awaited duel with the Brandeis relay team never materialized, as they pulled out of the race.

The 3200-meter relay team of Robinson, Sam Peretz '89, Walker and Holterman had an even easier time in capturing their race with a time of 8:14.67 and a margin of victory of about 70 meters.<>

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The race was cat-and-mouse for the first two legs, but Walker ran away from the pack in his leg and Holterman had a strong anchor leg for his third win of the meet.

Coach Gordon Kelly was proud of his team in staying close to the Crusaders. He noted that the four-way meet hampered MIT's chances for victory, predicting that the Engineers would have defeated Holy Cross in the originally-scheduled dual meet.

The Engineers will return to dual-meet competition in January with the next home meet on Jan. 18 against the Coast Guard Academy. The annual MIT-Alumni track meet will take place Saturday at the Athletic Center.

(Editor's note: Kim is manager of the indoor track team).