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Track ready for real season after third straight lopsided victory

By David Rothstein

The short regular outdoor season is over for the men's track and field team -- let the games begin.

After laughably lopsided wins over three teams in two meets earlier this month, the Engineers traveled to Worcester on Saturday for the Holy Cross Classic, which served as the final tuneup for MIT before it participates in next week's Greater Boston Championships, to be held at Northeastern University.

With memories of a disappointing performance in the indoor version of the championships in February, the team will be looking to vault over the fifth place that is MIT's best-ever finish at the outdoor GBC.

At the Holy Cross Classic, which head coach Gordon Kelly called a "good preparation for the Greater Boston [Championships]," the Engineers earned four first-place finishes and five thirds.

Freshman Kelly Davis extended his strong early-season performances in the triple jump with a 46-foot jump, good for first place. MIT, in fact, took three of the top four places in the triple, with Kwaku Prakah-Asante '90 placing third at 45'-51/2", and Bill Singhose '90 placing fourth at 45'-13/4".

Kevin Scannell '92 made MIT perfect in the distance jumping events with a 22'-5" leap to win the long jump.

The Engineers' other first places came in the dash event, with Boniface Makatiani '90 winning the 100 meters in 11.28 seconds, and sophomore Mark Dunzo taking the 400 meters in 50.8.

Makatiani and Dunzo teamed with David Wright '89 and Douglas Cornwall '89 for a third-place finish in the 400-meter relay, in 43.6.

Senior Scott Deering, who dominated the 35-pound weight throw during the indoor season, winning the national Division III title, was third in the hammer throw, with a 183'-2" effort, while Chris Masalsky '91 placed third in the javelin at 189'-8". Deering also placed fifth in the shot put, at 45'-23/4".

Rounding out Saturday's place-earning performers were Dan Rubenstein '92, who placed third in the 200 meters at 23.7, and Paul McKenzie '90, who took fourth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at 55.5.

Back in February, MIT placed fifth at the outdoor GBC, losing out the fourth spot to Boston University by half a point. The Engineers lost Singhose, the team's leading scorer, to an injury on the first evening of competition.

The outdoor season is, admittedly, much different than the indoor one, which some teams use as a tune-up to the spring. But Kelly is confident that his team will improve on its indoor performance.

With the addition of sprinter Makatiani and hurdler Sean Garrett G, the emergence of a strong triple-jumping contingent, and a healthy Bill Singhose, who will reportedly compete in five events Sunday, the outdoor team is certainly stronger than the already-strong team that competed indoors. That should be reflected in Sunday's performance.