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Outdoor track dominates first meet

By David Rothstein

The men's track and field team opened its 1989 outdoor season Saturday with a demolition of Bowdoin College at the Steinbrenner Stadium track. It was more an exercise in futility than a competition for the Bowdoin Polar Bears -- who perhaps should have felt more at home in the snow which Saturday morning's clouds brought. The final score stood at 132-22 by day's end, as MIT captured 14 of 16 first-place spots and 13 of 16 seconds, as well as both relays.

A cold and windy day greeted competitors, and few performances were particularly outstanding. Of course, that hardly mattered against Bowdoin.

The weather did not, however, affect senior co-captain Scott Deering, who threw the hammer 174 feet, one inch to take first place and also to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Tournament. Deering won the discus (138'-5") and shot put (44'-81/2") competitions to become the meet's only triple winner.

Mark Dunzo '91 won both the 400 meters (50.29 seconds) and the 200 (23.48), and was the meet's other multiple winner.

Kelly Davis '92 leaped 46'-83/4" to head a sweep of the triple jump, one of nine events swept by the Engineers.

Other first-place MIT finishers were: Kevin Scannell '92, long jump, 22'-1/2"; Chris Masalsky '91, javelin, 177'-5"; Sean Garrett G, 110-meter high hurdles, 16.92; and Boniface Makatiani '90, 100-meter dash, 11.2.

Also taking firsts were: Joe Kowalski '90, 800 meters, 2:01.27; Tom Washington '92, high jump, 6'-4"; Paul McKenzie, 400-meter intermediate hurdles, 56.57; and David Afshartous '89, 5,000 meters, 16:18.2.

The Engineers won the relays easily, taking the 400-meter race in 43.10, and the 1,600-meter relay in 3:29.05.

The meet was originally scheduled as a triangular competition between MIT, Bowdoin, and Bates College. But Bates, a team somewhat stronger than Bowdoin, withdrew on Saturday morning because of the snow.

"Obviously, it was not a very competitive situation," commented Coach Gordon Kelly, whose team will not see serious competition until it attends the Greater Boston Championships at Northeastern University.

The Engineers next travel to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Saturday for a tri-meet with WPI and the Rochester Polytechnic Institute.