MIT track runs with ECAC championship
By David Rothstein
LEWISTON, ME -- You want turnaround? The men's indoor track and field team will give you turnaround.
Two weeks ago the Engineers, missing several key performers to injuries, scored only 62 points in an unsuccessful bid to defend their New England Division III championship title. On Saturday, competing against many of the same teams it faced in the New England championships, MIT scored 140 (count 'em) points to win the East Coast Athletic Conference Championships, held at Bates College.
Buoyed by the return of leading scorer Bill Singhose '90 and top 400-meter man Mark Dunzo '91, the Engineers ran off a string of personal-best performances -- seven among the 16 MIT athletes who scored in the meet -- en route to almost doubling the points total attained by the meet's second-best team, Cortland St., which scored 71 points.
Singhose, who had been out for almost a month with injuries to both hamstrings, put on an impressive showing in the pole vault, winning at 15 feet, 0 inches, by a comfortable 10-inch margin. Singhose, who holds the ECAC record at 15'-5", also jumped 44'-113/4" in the triple jump, good for second place.
Dunzo had missed several meets with a knee injury, but ran well at Bowdoin, scoring fifth in a competitive 400-meter field in a time of 50.44 seconds. The top three finishers in the 400 final all ran better than 50.00.
Two of Saturday's more dramatic and impressive victories came in the 35-pound weight throw, won by MIT's Scott Deering '89, in a personal best toss of 60'-111/2", just six inches shy of an MIT record. Bates' Peter Goodrich came out with a 60'-23/4" throw in the trials to take first, and it was not until his last throw that Deering was able to overtake Goodrich.
MIT's John-Paul Clarke also threw a personal best on his last throw of the day to take third place at 53'-61/2".
Deering picked up a third place in the shot put with a throw of 48'-6", followed by Mark Masalsky '91, who placed fourth at 45'-81/2".
Paul McKenzie '90 and senior David Wright were both double-winners for the Engineers. McKenzie scored two seconds -- in the 55-meter high hurdles (7.95) and the 200-meter dash (23.35) -- while Wright recorded personal-bests in the 55-meter dash (second, 6.72) and the 200 (third, 23.44).
Freshman Dean Moon followed McKenzie with an 8.03 run for third place in the 55 meters.
Other first-place winners included: Sean Kelley '89 (5000 meters, 15:05.36) and Kevin Scannell '92 (long jump, 22'-101/2").
Rounding out the scorers were: Joe Kowalski '90 (500, second, 1:08.28); Eugene Tung '89 (5000, third, 15:16.79); Tom Washington '92 (high jump, third, 6'-5"); Kyle Robinson '89 (1000, fourth, 2:35.43); Doug Cornwall '89 (triple jump, fourth, 44'-21/2"); and Mike Piepergerdes '92 (800, fifth, 1:58.77).
MIT's distance medley and 1600-meter relay teams failed to place, but the 3,200-meter relay team of Kowalski, Patrick Cazeau '92, Robinson, and Piepergerdes placed second in a time of 8:06.69.
The Engineers will return to Bowdoin College Saturday for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Championships. Competing for MIT will be: Clarke (weight throw); Deering (weight throw and shot put); Kelley (5000); Piepergerdes (1500); and Singhose (pole vault).
Depending on final standings of athletes around the nation, Dunzo may be eligible to compete in the 400, as may Scannell and Singhose, both in the long jump.