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Indoor track punishes Coast Guard, Colby

By David Rothstein

Bad weather and injuries conspired against the US Coast Guard Academy when it faced the MIT indoor track team last Saturday at the Johnson Athletics Center track. The USCGA certainly did not need the extra burden.

The Bears indeed did not meet the expectations of some on the MIT team, and at the day's end the score was: MIT, 87; USCGA, 49. Oh, and Colby College also showed up, managing 23 points.

MIT took advantage of injuries to several key Bears, as well as the absence of most of the Coast Guard weightmen -- who had taken a separate car and lost their way -- to run away with the meet early on.

At one end of the infield senior co-captain John-Paul Clarke was putting way to first place in the rescheduled shot put (44 feet, 7 inches), while at the other end, Kevin Scannell started racking up points with a 22@#-13/4"-long leap in the long jump competition.

Clarke also won the 35-pound weight throw, with a 55@#-2" effort.

Scannell went on to win the triple jump (43@#-93/4") and the 400 meters (51.00 seconds), and took third in the 200 (23.75).

Pete Ronco '92 ran a strong 1500-meter race, leading from start to finish, and withstanding a late surge by Colby's Ben Trevor. Ronco was also second in the 3000 meters, in 9:18.09.

Co-captain Mark Dunzo '91 overcame a slow start in the 55 meters to win the race going away (6.67), and picked up a second place in the 200 (23.10).

Garret Moose '91 was busy, winning the pole vault (13@#-0") and taking seconds in the triple jump (43@#-3") and the long jump (21@#-43/4").

The high jump top three finishers cleared 6@#-0", with James Kirtley '94, Tom Washington '92 second, and Moose third, respectively, on the basis of fewest misses.

MIT hosts the University of Massachusetts, Boston, on Friday at 6 pm.