Track Wins First Season's MeetBy Bo Light
The men's track team had a successful start to its spring season Saturday, winning its first meet. The Engineers dominated the running events and were strong in the field events as well, taking eight first places and ten second places in seventeen events as well as winning both relays.
The final score was MIT 99, Bates College 53, and Bowdoin College 50. The real battle of this meet was for second place, which Bates got when it placed ahead of Bowdoin in the final event, the 1,600-meter relay.
MIT started the day in good fashion, with Eliot Hui '94 and Hung Hoang '96 placing third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump, and the team of Jay Chiang '94, Malik King '95, Marcelo Targino '96, and Matt Sandholm '96 winning the 400-meter relay. John Wallberg '96 started his three-event day by placing third in the hammer throw, and later took third in the discus and won the shotput. The Engineers then took a convincing lead over the competition as David Moyle '94, Rob Casadonte '94, and Tarik Saleh '95 finished first, third, and fourth against a badly outmanned field in the steeplechase, and Matt Robinson '94 and Bill Arnold '94 took first and second in the pole vault. Robinson continued winning by outrunning teammate Colin Page '95 for first in the high hurdles.
MIT's streak of one-two finishes continued. Mike Piepergerdes '96 and Ethan Crain '95 ran away from a Bowdoin runner in the final stretch of the 1,500-meter run, and Andrew Ugarov '95 and James Kirtley '94 took the high jump. Piepergerdes then placed second in the 800-meter run, and the meet was well in hand for the Engineers.
Jay Chiang '94, Kevin Knoedler '95, and Bo Light '96 finished first, second, and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, and Ugarov won his second event of the day, when he, Hui, and Than Bogan '93 finished first, second, and fourth in the triple jump. Sprinter Matt Sandholm '96 had a pair of second places in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter run along with a relay victory; Malik King '94 also had a fourth in the 100-meter, and Brad Geilfuss '94 took fourth in the 200-meter. Dan Corcoran '94 and Ed Patron '95 finished second and third in the 400-meter run, Andy Laures '95 placed fourth in the javelin, and Jesse Darley '95 had to settle for second in a hard-fought 5,000-meter run. The day finished as Targino, Corcoran, John Rodkin '95, and Chris Schell '96 blew away the field in the 1,600-meter relay.
The track team travels to Worcester this Saturday to battle WPI and RPI for the Engineer's Cup, which MIT has not won since the Carter Administration.