Track victory extends streakThe men's indoor track team continued to dominate its New England Division III opponents, handily defeating the Coast Guard Bears 92-44 at home Saturday. MIT, who has not lost to a Division III opponent in three years, improved its record to 4-1 with this meet.
The depth of the Engineer team proved too much for the Bears, who mustered more than one placer in only 3 of the 16 events, none of which were running events.
The Engineers' weightmen started the meet off on a high note, led by Scott Deering '89, who captured both the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 44' 11" and the shot put wth a 42' 41/2" effort. Mie O'Leary '87 copped a third place finish in the 35-pound weight throw with a hurl of 39' 41/2".
The Engineers did not fare as well in the jumping events. Ed Freeman '86 leapt to second place in the long jump with 20' 2" and to third place in the triple jump with 39' 10". Teammate Joe Peters '88 took third in the long jump with 19' 101/2". Glenn Hopkins '87 continued to be a powerful weapon in winning the high jump with 6' 2".
The pole vaulters continued to be a force to be reckoned with, as they were one of MIT's four groups to sweep events in the meet. Bobb White '87 cleared 13' 6" to take first, followed by co-captain Ross Dreyer '86 in second with 13' 0" and Scott Baird '87 in third with 12' 6".
Gordon Holterman '87 led another MIT sweep in the first running event of the afternoon with a relatively easy win in the 1500-meter run in a time of 4:09.41. Dueling close behind was Sean Kelley '89, who barely edged out Bill Mallet '86 for second with 4:10.61. Mallet's third-place time was 4:10.65.
MIT's also demonstrated strength and depth in the short sprints. Sean Garrett '88 remained undefeated this season in the 55-meter high hurdles, capturing it in 7.85 seconds. Vanu Bose '87 glided in second place with 8.59 seconds. Joe Peters '88 edged his way to victory in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.73 seconds, and teammate Garrett took third in 6.88 seconds.
Despite the injuries of several of its key runners, the intermediate sprinters turned in strong performances. Teddy Bosey '88 was unable to overtake the leader in the 400-meter dash and had to settle for second place with 53.33 seconds. Mike Donohue '87 followed closely behind in third with 53.84 seconds. Co-captain Dan Lin '86 had no trouble in winning the 500-meter dash with 1:06.86, while Charles Parrott '87 took third with 1:09.52.
Kyle Robinson '89 also came up short in the 800-meter run, taking second place with a 2:00.11 time. Teammate Bob Joy '87 finished third with 2:01.41.
Sweeps in the 1000-meter and 3000-meter runs sealed the Engineer victory. Rod Hinman '88 led a come-from-behind sweep in the 1000-meter run, winning in 2:36.58. Anton Briefer '88 and Brian Callaghan vied for the next two spots with Briefer edging Callaghan out by .02 seconds at the finish line with 2:37.51. MIT had no difficulty in capturing the 3000-meter run, as Holterman had an easy win in 8:57.12, followed by Robert Zak G in second with 9:08.13 and Turan Erdogan in third with 9:14.08.
MIT and Coast Guard split the two relays. The 4x400-meter relay of Garrett, Bosey, Parrott and Lin led from the start and had an easy 60-meter victory margin, finishing with a time of 3:33.06. The 4x800-meter relay had a much harder time as a last-lap rally fell short with a time of 8:18.11.
The Engineers will be on the road for their next meet Friday evening against Williams and Tufts at Williams. Tufts is the last Division III team to have beaten MIT in dual-meet competition.
(Editor's note: Christopher Kim '87 is manager of the men's track team.)