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Track Team Runs Away with Meet

By Bo Light
Team Member

Competing against six other quality schools on Saturday, the men's track team expected the scoring to be close at the Bates College meet. But MIT easily beat the second place Coast Guard Academy, 181.6 to 122.1.

Rounding at the scoring were Colby College (98.1 points), Bates (85.6), Tufts University (85.1), Bowdoin College (40); Worcester State College was shut out.

The Engineers set up the victory with a strong showing in the field events, where they scored 72.6 points. John Wallberg '96 started things off with a fifth-place finish in the 35 lb. weight throw, while Antonio Morales-Pena '97 came in eighth.

Wallberg also finished fourth in the shot put to pace the MIT throwers through a rare off day. The team's highest scoring event of the day was the high jump, where James Kirtley G and Andy Ugarov '95 finished first and second at 6 feet 4 inches. Bo Light '96 came in sixth with a 6-foot jump, and Hung Hoang '96 was part of a five-way tie for seventh at 5' 10", to give the Engineers nearly 20 points in one event.

In the long jump, Hoang finished second, while Morio Alexander '96 took fourth and Micky Williams '94 and Elliot Hui '94 picked up seventh and eighth. Alexander and Hoang also went 6-7 in the triple jump, while Ugarov leaped 43' 1" to win the event.

Finally, Matt Robinson '94 won the pole vault at 15' 3" and Freddie Hernandez '95 and Jason Melvin '97 captured sixth and seventh to close out the field events.

MIT was just as impressive in the running events. Ethan Crain '95 ran a 4 minute 23 second mile to edge out a competitor who had beaten him the week before; Carlos Duran '94 took seventh in the same event.

Crain also placed sixth in the 800-meter run, and Ed Patron '95 took eighth. Paul Ogagan '97, Edward Cho '93, and Colin Page '95 finished second, fifth, and seventh in the 55-meter hurdles, while Matt Sandholm '96, Jay Chiang '94, and Akin Aina '95 did the same in the 55-meter dash.

Sandholm was also second in the 200-meter run, while Marcelo Targino '96 took seventh. Targino came in fourth in the 400-meter run, the only event in which only one MIT competitor scored.

In the 500-meter, Javit Drake '94 finished fourth, and freshmen Edgar Ngwenya and Frank Benham grabbed sixth and seventh.

Jerry Pratt '95 opened a huge lead early and hung on to win the 1000-meter run. Rob Casadonte '94 put on a strong finish to take fourth place, and Kimathi Hardy '97 out-leaned a competitor at the finish for sixth.

Jesse Darley '95 and Arnold Seto '96 led the 5000-meter run for the first half, but could not hold off a Bates competitor. Darley finished second, while Seto wound up fifth, and Josh Feldman '97 took sixth.

The team's lowest scoring event of the day was the 1600-meter relay, where a tired quartet finished fifth. The Engineers came right back in the 3200-meter relay, though, cruising to a first-place time of 8:23.66 to finish up the meet.