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Indoor Track Finishes Sixth


By Halston Taylor

Team Coach

The indoor track team finished sixth in the NCAA Division III Championships hosted by Bowdoin College this past weekend. The meet marks the end of a long and successful season for the Engineers.

The team had only two athletes qualify for the nationals, and both came away with All-American honors. Matt Robinson '94 completed an exceptional season in the pole vault with a second place finish in the four-and-a-half-hour competition. Robinson cleared all the heights up to 15 feet, 8 inches, but he needed all three attempts to reach 16 feet. By clearing the next height, 16 feet, 3.5 inches, he broke the Institute record and moved up from fourth place to second.

Mike Piepergerdas '93 demonstrated that his two-and-a-half-year hiatus from track and field did not affect his performance this season. Piepergerdas dominated the 1500-meter run all year and earned third place in the nationals with a season best of 3:55.48. He very nearly won the competition, holding a small lead in the home stretch, but he was unable to hold it, and contact with the eventual winner threw him off stride and brought him down to third place.