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Men's track hurdles over Bates; streak continues

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Track Tops Bates

By Robert Zak

The men's indoor track squad extended their string of consecutive wins against Division III opponents on Friday, defeating Bates 81-55. The team's record now stands at 3-1.

The two teams were closely matched, as coach Gordon Kelly noted before the meet, but an unusually strong showing by the visiting Engineers gave them the clear victory.

MIT's weightmen inaugurated an evening of superior performances. After a series of disappointingly short throws, Scott Deering '89 threw the 30-lb. weight 45'61/2", bettering second place by over a foot, and Mike O'Leary '87 took third with a toss of 38'11". Deering and O'Leary placed first and third, respectively, in the shot put as well.

In the jumping events, Glen Hopkins '87 leapt to second place in the high jump by clearing 6'7". Middle distance runner turned high jumper Brian Callaghan '87 scored third for the Engineers with a jump of 5'10". In the triple jump, Ed Freeman '86 came back after placing third in the long jump to take second, and Sean Schubert '88 placed third.

Gordy Holterman '87 led an MIT sweep in the first running event of the meet, as his first place performance was followed by a second and third from Rod Hinman '88 and Turan Erdogan '87. Bates' challenger to Holterman, Mark Hatch, was disqualified from the race after a collision that sent him and Holterman swerving off the track in the last lap.

Sean Garrett '88 and Vanu Bose '87 glided over the high hurdles in the 55-meter hurdle race to take first and third with times of 8.01 and 8.56 seconds respectively.

In another first and third combination, co-captain Dan Lin '86 ran a personal best of 50.51 seconds in the 400-meter race, followed by teammate Teddy Bosey '88 in 52.41 seconds. Marc Light '87 dominated the 500-meter race with a winning time of 1:08.06, while Charles Parrot '87 finished third in 1:10.15.

Garrett returned to the sprint straightaway after the hurdle race to place second in the 55-meter dash in 6.83 seconds, and Mike Donahue '87 scored a third for the Engineers in 6.93 seconds.

Kyle Robinson '89 led a come-from-behind sweep of the 800-meter race for MIT. After following runners from Bates for the first half of the race, Robinson, Anton Briefer '88 and Bob Joy '87 passed two Bates competitors to give the Engineers first through third place with times of 2:01.4, 2:02.5, and 2:03.0.

Hinman and Callaghan found themselves in their second events of the evening -- pitted against a frustrated Mark Hatch -- in the 1000-meter race. Although Hatch won the event, Hinman took second in 2:40.32 and Callaghan thir in 2:41.07.

In the last individual running event of the meet, Sean Kelly '89 ran to second place with a personal best time of 8:56.6 in the 3000-meter race.

MIT and Bates split the relay events. The 4 x 400 team of Garrett, Bosey, Parrot and Lin led from the first leg and took first with a time of 3:30.54. The tables were turned in the 4 x 800 race, as Mark Hatch led a never-look-back effort by Bates against the MIT team of Joy, Callaghan, Briefer and Robinson.

The last event of the evening meet turned out to be the pole vault. Co-captain Ross Dreyer '86 took first pace in his specialty by clearing 13'6" with the fewest number of misses. Teammate Bobb White '87 cleared the same height to take second.

The Engineers' next two matches include a JV meet at Exeter today and a home meet against the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday.

(Editor's note: Robert Zak is a member of the indoor track team.)