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Track Sweeps Three Opponents

By Aliza E. Mezrich

After several days of snow, a little sun was a welcome sight on Saturday, Jan. 16. Apparently, the sun was also shining on the men's track and field team, as they came in with a sweeping victory against fellow Division III athletes. MIT ended the day with 265 total points, while Bowdoin finished with 144, Westfield State had 74, and University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth took the remaining 58.

In the field, MIT earned several first place positions. Andrew Ugarov '95 made a height of 6'4" in the high jump, putting him in the lead there and he placed first again when he went 42' 1.5" in the triple jump. Matt Robinson '94 vaulted 15' 0", placing him first in that event.

As the field players were rapidly accumulating points, the track half of the team was doing so even faster. The most notable of these wins were the 500 meters, where Captain Dan Corcoran '94 ran 1:08.30; the 55 meters, with Jay Chiang '94 coming in at 6.79; the 5000 meters, where Ethan Crain '95 ended at 15:15.12; and the 4x400 relay, where Brad Geilfuss '94, Marcelo Targino '96, Kevin Knoedler '94, and Corcoran all combined efforts to earn a time of 3:34.

Saturday's meet was the first of four meets in the quadrangular series.The hardest of these, for MIT at least, should be the last one, at home against Coast Guard, WPI, and Williams, which will occur on Feb. 13. According to head coach Halston Taylor, MIT has not lost a home meet to a Division III school since 1982, when they lost to Tufts, so this should be an event to watch. The next home meet, however, is on Saturday, Jan. 30 against Colby, Tufts, and UMass-Dartmouth.