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Track defeats four, mvoes toward championship

By David Rothstein

The track and field team's quest for an outdoor national championship continues to take on definition as they handily disposed of four teams (in two triangular meets) over the past week and a half. Added incentive to win the outdoor title -- after placing second at the indoor championships in March -- came a week ago, as head coach Gordon Kelly announced that this season would be his last.

In an interview yesterday, Kelly, who has directed the track program for the past 28 years, <>

said that the combined hours of coaching and his role as director of physical education have lately proven to be burdensome. His commitments to the P. E. department, said Kelly, prevented him from "focusing in on track" and took time away from his family.

Coaching, however, is only a nine-month job, and does not pay as well as the 11-month staff position, conceded Kelly, who plans to retire from the P. E. department in eight years. Kelly did not rule out returning to coaching in some capacity after his retirement.

Assistant coach Halston Taylor, who is also head coach of <>

the cross-country team, will next year inherit the head position <>

of MIT's most successful sports program.

The Engineers opened their outdoor season with a 127-51-24 trouncing of Bates and Bowdoin and followed with a 921/2-58-521/2 victory over the Worcester and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes Saturday at the Steinbrenner track.

Running without top sprinter Boniface Makatiani '90 in the second meet, MIT nevertheless took 10 of 17 first places in individual events and won both relays. Senior standout Bill Singhose captured three firsts, winning the long jump at 22 feet, 7 inches with the wind at his back, the pole vault at 14'-0," and the 400-meter intermediate in a speedy 54.12 seconds, running the race virtually alone. Singhose also ran the third leg of the 400-meter relay, joining Mark Dunzo '91, Kevin Scannell '92 and anchor Garrett Moose '91 in a time of 43.58.

Dunzo had a busy day as well, winning the 100 meters (11.76) and the 200 meters (22.79), running both into a strong headwind. He also ran the first leg for both relay teams, joining Joe Kowalski '90, Moose and Steve Cooke '91 for a modest 3:26.4, a win by only two-tenths of a second over RPI in the 1600 meter relay.

Junior John-Paul Clarke placed in three events, winning the hammer throw (170'-3"), taking second in the discus (131'-1") and placing third in the shot put (42'-10"), while teammate Eric Shank '90 won the discus (142'-9") and took second in the hammer (153'-5").

Missing among the regular faces were Makatiani, the defending national indoor 400 meter champion, and sophomore Mike Piepergerdes. Makatiani is nursing a sore muscle, and the only running he did was in the role of an errand boy for track officials. He is expected to run again when the Engineers travel to Worcester tomorrow for the Holy Cross Invitational.

Piepergerdes, who is one of the top Division III middle-distance runners in the nation but who suffers from inconsistency, chose not to run this season for personal reasons.

While Piepergerdes' absence will hurt MIT's chances at the national championship meet, two Engineers who competed in last year's outdoor season but passed up the indoor season are back, and should figure in the hunt for a title crown.

Triple-jumper Kwaku Prakah-Asante '90 won his event with a 44'-61/2" leap. Second to Prakah-Asante was Kelly Davis '92, with a 43'-93/4" leap. Davis also took fourth in the high hurdles (16.25).

Prakah-Asante and Davis are certain to improve on these performances as the season progresses.

Other winners Saturday were Tom Washington '91 (high jump, 6'-2") and Scannell (400 meters, 49.99). John Tewskbury '92 took thirds in the high hurdles (16.07) and the intermediate hurdles (1:00.73), and fourth in the triple jump (42'-10"). Senior Sean Kelley was second in the 5000 meters (15:11.71) and Ted Manning G put up a strong fight in the 1500 meters, finishing third in 4:09.61.

One more face to look for will be that of 400-meter man Cooke, who ran briefly as a freshman. The junior ran a comfortable 51.25 to take second in the 400 meters on only three weeks of training, and should improve significantly by the end of the season.

On a down note, MIT was swept in the steeplechase, 800 meters, and javelin.