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Track Hosts Beaver Relays

By Halston Taylor
Team Coach

The MIT track team hosted the Beaver Relays on Sunday, Jan. 10 at the Johnson Athletic Center's indoor track. The Beaver Relays was a low-profile invitational open to all New England schools. A medley of seven schools, representing all three NCAA Divisions, took part in a very relaxed meet.

Among the schools represented were University of Connecticut, Bates, Westfield State, Salem State, University of Hartford, Fitchburg State, and Stonehill College. The meet's atmosphere was low-key because no score was kept and the meet was not recorded in team win/loss records.

This was a tune-up meet for the Engineers, who have practiced for only two weeks prior to exams and one week prior to the meet. Despite the lack of preparation, MIT team members put in some very good performances.

Most notable in the field events were Andy Ugarov '95 and James Kirtley '95, respectively clearing 6'5" and 6'3" in the high jump; Matt Robinson '94 and Scott Rixner '94, pole vaulting at heights of 14'6" and 13'0"; and Brad Bolivar '94, throwing 47'2" in the 35-pound weight throw.

In the track events, Colin Page '95 crossed the line at 8.17 in the 55-meter high hurdles. Brad Geilfuss '94 and Dan Corcoran '94 placed first and second in the 400 meters with times of 52.0 and 52.4, respectively. Ethan Crain '95 was another first place finisher for MIT, completing the 3000-meter race in 8:44.23. Placing third in both the 55-meter and 200-meter events was Chiang, with times of 6.83 and 24.05. Finishing third and fourth in the 800 meters were Ed Patron '95 and John Rodkin '95.

MIT's relay teams had excellent finishes, coming in first in the distance medley relay, and second in both the 1600 relay and 3200 relay. Overall, the invitational was dominated by the University of Connecticut, a Division I team, which placed first in 11 events and swept two. MIT dominated the remaining seven teams.

The quadrangular series, which is a four-week regular season group of meets between the best New England Division III teams, begins next week. MIT is one of the favorites, along with Williams College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The next meet is at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Bowdoin, Westfield State, and Dartmouth College.