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Track Tops WPI, RPI Despite Nasty Weather

By Kevin Knoedler
Team Member

The weather was awful, but the men's track team was still victorious against WPI and RPI on Apr. 11. Temperatures in the low 30s and a steady rain made for a grim day, but MIT prevailed with 83 points to RPI's 70 and WPI's 40.

The day began with the 400 meter relay, run by Jay Chiang '94, Elliott Mason '94, Ed Patron '95, and Brad Geilfuss '94. This event was won by default, as WPI and RPI couldn't even keep hold of their batons. The 3,000 meter steeplechase followed, with David Moyle '94 taking second in a personal best time of 10:06.9. Rob Casadonte '94 came in fourth in a time of 10:40.5.

The distance runners had another strong showing in the 1500 meter, where Ethan Crain '95 won in 4:05.96. John Noland took fourth with a time of 4:20.41. Colin Page '95 was MIT's sole placer in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 16.37.

Rob Flemming '93 took first in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.98 meters. Flemming also took second in the shotput with a throw of 12.54 meters. Finally, Flemming took third in the discus with a throw of 37.00 meters.

Tom Washington '92 was the winner in the high jump at 6'4". Andy Ugarov '95 placed second at 6'2". MIT placed one and two in the pole vault as well. Matt Robinson '94 was first at a personal best of 15'2", Scott Rixner '94 came second, also with a personal best, 13'0". In the triple jump, Ugarov was second at 41'6.5". Nathaniel Bogan '93 took fourth with a jump of 40'8.25".

In the next running event, the 400 meter dash, MIT easily outscored the other teams. Patron won the event at 52.93, Mason took third, and Geilfuss placed fourth. Chiang took second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.55. Crain won the 800 meter in a time of 2:00.4. Chiang, in his third of four events, won the 400 meter intermediate hurdles with a personal best time of 57.93. Kevin Knoedler '94 took third with a time of 58.36. Chip Goetzinger '95 took fourth in 58.57, his best time of the year.

Geilfuss came back from the 400 meter to take second in the 200 meter with a blazing time of 23.1. Patron placed fourth in 23.6. Pete Ronco '92 placed third in the 5,000 meter with a time of 16:06.1 and Jesse Darley '95 placed fourth in 16:10.6. Finishing off the day, the 1,600 meter relay team of Goetzinger, Rixner, Andy Romain '95, and Knoedler beat the nearest team by three seconds, finishing in 3:36.1.