Men's track beats UMass
By John-Paul Clarke
and Mark Dunzo
Last Friday the MIT men's indoor track team handily defeated the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the Johnson Athletic Center. Victory came in spite of the loss of Kevin Scannell '92, the team's season leader in scoring, to a hamstring injury which occurred during the long jump. Showing great team spirit, the Engineers came up with the big performances necessary to defeat the UMass team.
Leading the way was junior John Tewksbury. With personal season bests, he won both the triple jump and the 55-meter high hurdles. This filled the void left in the triple jump by the loss of Scannell.
Other double-event winners included senior co-captains John-Paul Clarke and Mark Dunzo. Clarke won the shot put and 35-pound weight throw, while Dunzo recorded impressive times in the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes.
Dunzo's time of 6.59 seconds in the 55-meter dash was a personal best and very close to the varsity record of 6.54 set by Boniface Makatiani '90. Other event winners were freshman Matt Robinson in the pole vault and senior Garrett Moose in the long jump. Moose, the team's premier decathlete, also placed second in the pole vault and third in the triple and high jumps.
But it was the depth of the MIT team which assured the victory. The performances of Peter Ronco '92, Dean Moon '92, Steve Cooke '91, Jon Claman '93 and Rob Flemming '93 accounted for many of the extra points needed to defeat the strong Division I team of UMass.
For the second consecutive week, Ronco ran the difficult 1500-meter/3000-meter double, and fared well against the very strong middle-distance runners from Amherst.
He placed third in the 1500 and second in the 3000 that followed. Moon ran a good time of 8.09 in the hurdles and although identical to Tewksbury's time, he earned second place. Cooke combined a strong start with his usual strong finish, clocking a personal best and one of the fastest times from an MIT quarter-miler this year.
Claman took the fight to the UMass 800 runners, and although he held the lead for much of the race, one Amherst runner passed him and Claman placed second. Flemming set his second personal best in as many meets, taking second in the weight and moving closer to the 50-foot mark.
The 1600 relay team of Moose, Cooke, freshman Daniel Corcoran and Dunzo provided much drama for the spectators, as a tired Moose fell behind the Amherst team during the first leg.
Cooke, retaining his impressive form from the open 400, quickly retook the lead, but with Amherst setting their top 400 runner against Corcoran, the last exchange saw Amherst in the lead. Dunzo, anchoring the MIT team, overtook the anchor runner from UMass at about 150 meters into the last leg and never looked back.
The team's next meet is against Tufts University on Friday at 6 pm in the Athletic Center. Tufts has a very strong team this year and without Scannell the meet should be tough. With performances like those last Friday, victory for the Engineers will not be a certainty.
(John-Paul Clarke and Mark Dunzo are co-captains of the MIT men's indoor track team.)