Track dominates once again
By David Rothstein
After months of waiting, preparing, training, now for the track and field team come a few days of calm before the storm. With an easy win over Coast Guard Academy and Colby College in a triangular meet Saturday at the Johnson Athletics Center, the Engineers wrap up the last of a trio of warm-up meets that were to prepare them for this Friday's home meet against Northeastern University at 6 pm.
Saturday's meet was typical of how MIT has learned to deal with the wimpy, wimpy, wimpy teams that pepper the Engineers' regular-season schedule. MIT scored 112 points to Coast Guard's 42 and Colby's five, taking 11 of 13 first places in individual events, and winning one of the two relays.
The win puts MIT's undefeated streak in dual and triangular meets at 62. The streak goes on the line Friday against Northeastern, a strong Division I team. (MIT sports teams are in Division III.)
The Engineers dominated Saturday's meet, earning three of the top four places in seven of the 13 individual events. Leading MIT. were double winners John-Paul Clarke '91, Bill Singhose '90 and Boniface Makatiani '90.
Clarke won the weight throw, at 52 feet, 73/4 inches, and the shot put, at 45'-11/4", while Singhose was tops in the pole vault (14'-0") and the 55-meter high hurdles (8.08 seconds). Makatiani took firsts in the 400 meters (49.73) and the 200 meters (22.65).
Singhose also placed second in both the long and triple jumps, and teamed with Dan Rubenstein '92 (second in the 400), Doug Smith '93 and Mark Dunzo '91 (first in the 55, second in the 200) for a winning 1600-meter relay, in 3:31.74.
Kevin Scannell '92 had an all-around good day with a first place in the long jump (22'-6") and third places in the triple, 55 and 200.
In the 1500 meters, Mike Piepergerdes '92 came up with a very strong finish, kicking with 100 meters to go, to win in 4:08.14.
Other winners were Garret Moose '91, finishing first in the high jump at 6'-21/4" and second in the pole vault at 12'-0", and Ted Manning '89, with a first in the 3000, in 9:06.92.
Head coach Gordon Kelly and assistant Halston Taylor have been playing down Friday's meet against Northeastern, but it is apparent that MIT is nothing if not absolutely serious in its preparation for the meet, the team's stiffest regular-season test in recent memory.
"It's the most intense dual meet that I'm likely to be in," said Dunzo about the Northeastern-MIT matchup. "That's been the hidden curriculum" all season, said the junior, who has become one of greater Boston's top quarter-milers, second only, perhaps, to teammate Makatiani.
MIT is a decided underdog to Northeastern, but may have a surprise in store for the Huskies.
"We've worked real hard for two weeks in a row with the intention," said Taylor, "of taking this week relatively easy, in order to rest."
And so, the Engineers rest and prepare. They are setting wolf traps along the rubber lanes of the Johnson Athletics Center. The chips are on the table Friday evening.