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Track finishes fourth in Greater Boston

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By David Rothstein

Competing against some of New England's better Division I programs, like Harvard and Northeastern University, MIT took three first and three second places, along with four thirds, one fourth and three fifths. The firsts were all impressive, as Kevin Scannell '92 took the long jump with a leap of 6.97 meters (about 22 feet, eight inches), Bill Singhose '90 won the pentathlon (3569 points), and the mile relay team of Scannell, Singhose, Mark Dunzo '91 and Boniface Makatiani '90 walked away with victory in 3:18.92.

Harvard often dominates the GBC but this year had some competition from Northeastern. In the end it was Harvard in first with 85 points, Northeastern second (81), Boston University third (50), and after MIT, Boston College fifth (41).

Friday evening saw competition in the 5000 meters, pentathlon, long jump and 35-pound weight throw. After Singhose's win in the pentathlon and second place in the long jump, Scannell's win, junior Garrett Moose's fifth in the pentathlon, and junior John-Paul Clarke's fourth in the weight, MIT led all teams with 19 points. (Harvard was second with 17.)

Moose improved well over last year's performance, and missed third place by only 22 points, but Clarke's performance was well under his best, which would have won the event and defended Scott Deering '89's title from last year.

In Saturday's competition, three Engineers were (at least mildly) upset in their premier events.

Dunzo's 49.16-second showing in the 400 meters, although .76 seconds faster than his GBC-winning time last year, was not good enough to beat BU's Nafpliotis, who won in 48.95. And Makatiani missed first in the 500 meters by two one-hundredths of a second to BU's Randy Lewis, who finished in 1:02.73. Third place in that race went to BU's Adam, in 1:02.76.

Dunzo ran a speedy 22.43 to take third in the 200 meters.

Singhose picked up three thirds Saturday in addition to participating in the mile relay. His thirds came in the high hurdles (7.90), triple jump (13.75 m) and the pole vault (14'-0"). Singhose, who injured his hamstring in last year's GBC and missed most of it, was a heavy favorite in the pole vault but failed to clear the bar at a winning height after running in the relay.

Tom Washington '91 took fifth in the high jump at 6'-23/4", and the 2-mile relay also came in fifth, posting a time of 8:39.32.