After decisive win, track heads for championship@ByName:By David Rothstein
Saturday afternoon's meet at the Johnson Athletics Center, despite the lopsided scoring, saw MIT wreak a subdued havoc on its opponents, as a few Engineers took an opportunity to rest sore limbs and prepare for the championships.
The Engineers captured nine of 13 first places, with Kevin Scannell '92 the only double winner of the day, taking the long jump at 21 feet, 9 inches, and the 200 meters in a healthy 23.00 seconds. He also took fourths in the triple jump and the 55-meter dash.
Fellow sophomore John Tewksbury had a good day as well, winning the triple with a 45'-2" leap and recording a personal best 8.06 in the 55-meter high hurdles, which earned him third place behind two strong SMU hurdlers.
Last year at this time the Engineers were hurting with the losses of Bill Singhose '90, the team's leading scorer, Mark Dunzo '91, a top sprinter, and Karim Roshd '89, all of whom were out with injuries. That led to a second-place finish at the Division III Championships, to Brandeis University, and ended a four-year streak of championship crowns.
This year the team appears healthy and hungry for a solid win at Bates.
With top competitors like Singhose, Dunzo, Scannell, Mike Piepergerdes '91 (1500 meters) and John-Paul Clarke '91 (weights) healthy, MIT has a lock on the championships. Top sprinter Boniface Makatiani '90 has been nursing a sore hamstring muscle, and only ran an easy anchor leg Saturday, but should be ready for competition next weekend.
Assistant coach Halston Taylor indicated that MIT may be saving something for the upcoming All-New England Championships, which the Engineers host on Feb. 23-24, as it will not enter its strongest possible team at the Division III Championships.