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Men's Track Sweeps Tri-Meet; Tops Bowdoin, Bates

By Kevin Knoedler
Team Member

Brunswick, Maine

The men's track team nearly doubled the score of its nearest competitor in the first outdoor meet of the season. MIT scored 95 points to host Bowdoin University's 57 and Bates College's 50.

MIT got off to a strong start with a win in the 4x100 meter relay (Jay Chiang '94, Dan Corcoran '94, Ed Patron '95, and Dan Rubenstein '92) with a time of 44.57. The strong showing continued in the steeplechase, where MIT had three scorers. David Moyle '94, Rob Casadonte '94, and Tarik Saleh '95 finished two-three-four with times of 10:34, 10:44, and 10:47. Ethan Crain '95 placed first in the 1,500 in a time of 4:14.6, followed by John Noland '95 with 4:16.3. David Brann '94 took fourth in 4:28.4.

In the field events, MIT swept the pole vault with Matt Robinson '94 winning the event at 14'6" and Scott Rixner '94 placing second with a vault of 11'6". In the javelin, David Frohman '95 placed third with a throw of 150'7". Amechi Nwachuku '95 placed third in the long jump with a leap of 19'23/4". Despite an extremely strong Bates throwing team, Rob Flemming '93 placed fourth in the hammer with a throw of 143'7", third in the shotput with a throw of 41'6", and third in the discus at 124'5". Nwachuku took third in the triple jump with 40'9", followed by Andy Ugarof '95 at 40'81/4". Ugarof also did well in the high jump, placing second with a jump of 6'4". Tom Washington '92 matched this jump, also placing third, and James Kirtley '94 followed at 6'2".

Midway through the meet, MIT had built up a solid lead as good performances continued to come in. Starting these off was the victory of Dean Moon '92 in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.7. Placing second was Colin Page '95, also in 15.7. In the 800 meter run, Patron placed second with a time of 2:03.07, Andrew Romain '95 came in third at 2:04.01, and Noland came back from the 1,500 to place fourth in 2:05.37. Chiang had an excellent showing in the 100 meter dash with a personal best time of 11.63, placing him second, followed by Rubenstein at 11.67 in third.

At this point, MIT had a substantial lead, and victories in four of the five final events clinched it. The first of these came as Corcoran won the 400 meter dash in 51.78. Brad Geilfuss '94 took fourth at 52.87. The next victory was a 1-2-3 sweep in the 400 intermediate hurdles, led by Kevin Knoedler '94 at 57.85 followed by Chiang in 58.92 and Chip Goetzinger '95 at 59.54. In the 200 meter dash, Geilfuss won with a personal best of 23.07, Rubenstein took third in 23.65 and Elliott Mason '94 was fourth at 24.02. In the last open event, the 5000 meter, Peter Ronco '92 took fourth in 16:07.45. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Romain, Noland, Crain, and Knoedler took first in 3:33.45.

Many other members of the team did well, including Dave Winter '93, who ran 16:27.64 in the 500 meter, beating his previous best time by 40 seconds. Also in the 5,000 was Jesse Darley '95 with a time of 16:15.17. In his premier for the team, Steve Gomez '93 ran a 1:08 in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles. Craig Andera '94 did the grueling 400 meter dash in 56.16. Nathieniel Bogan '93 leaped 5'10" in the high jump and 38'6" in the triple jump. Alan Cockern '95 put the shot 38', and Brad Bolivar '94 put it 33'9". Elliott Hui '94 leapt 40'53/4" in the triple jump. Eric Scott '93 ran the 110 meter high hurdles in 17.8. Finally, Tom Musson '92 threw the javelin 141'11".