Jumpers, throwers power Engineers win over UMass
By Kevin Scannell
The men's track team squared off against two strong Division I teams Saturday, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Connecticut.
The Engineers' power in the throwing and jumping events helped defeat the UMass team, 54-46, while the Huskies of Connecticut utilized a balanced attack to win 12 of 18 events and score 90 points.
MIT jumped out to an early lead, as co-captain John-Paul Clarke '91 won the hammer throw with an impressive toss of 173 feet. Clarke provided additional points in the shot put, earning second place with a throw of 44 feet, 11 inches. He also won second place in the discus with a throw of 137 feet,
Rob Flemming '93 was the only sophomore to score, earning third in the hammer with a 139-foot, 8-inch throw.
Garret Moose '91 had his best performances since the indoor season, earning second place in the pole vault (13 feet) and the long jump. Moose and UConn's Dat Tran had identical jumps of 21 feet, 51/4 inches, but Tran was given the victory because of a better second jump.
Moose was bested in the pole vault by freshman superstar Matt Robinson '94, who won with a 13-foot, 6-inch performance. John Tewksbury '92 continued to impress in the triple jump, winning by a comfortable margin with 44 feet, 4 inches. Tom Washington '92 and James Kirtley '94 rounded out the scorers in the field events, tying for second in the high jump at 6 feet, 3 inches.
Things did not go quite so well on the track for MIT. 400-meter national champion Mark Dunzo '91 elected to run the shorter sprints, attempting to bring home two victories for the Engineers.
Unfortunately, Dunzo was edged out by a UConn athlete in both the 100-meter and 200-
meter dashes: 10.8 to 10.9 in the 100, and 21.6 to 22.1 in the 200. Freshman Dan Corcoran suffered a similar fate in the open 400-
meter dash, despite running his fastest time of the season (50.4).
The 4x100-meter relay team of Dunzo, Corcoran, Jay Chiang '94 and Moose was hindered by poor baton passes, yet managed second place in a slow 44.6.
Distance runners James Williams '91 (15:26.1) and Peter Ronco '92 (15:41.1) both looked strong while making the New England Division III qualifying standard in the 5000 meters, but did not score.
MIT's only win on the track came in the 4x400-meter relay, an event which the Engineers have traditionally dominated. The first three legs, by freshmen James Kirtley (51.1), Corcoran (49.9) and Kevin Knoedler (51.3), although quite fast, left MIT in last place by five meters.
Knoedler handed the baton to co-captain Dunzo, however, who took charge of the race immediately. He blew by the UMass anchor man after about 50 meters, and then ignored a poor attempt by the UConn athlete to accelerate on the back stretch. Dunzo's 48.7 carry gave MIT the win by 10 meters, in 3:20.9.
The strong performances by the freshmen, Corcoran's sub-50 leg in particular, suggest that MIT should continue to dominate the long relay for the next few years.
MIT will face some of the best collegiate track and field athletes in New England at the Greater Boston Championships next Sunday at Solomon Track in Dedham. Clarke will have his hands full in the hammer, facing Northeastern's Anders Halvorsen, and Dunzo will have a chance to avenge an indoor loss to Boston University's Stewart Judson in the 400, and also to qualify for the NCAA National Division III meet.
(Kevin Scannell '92 is a member of the men's track team.)