Track Finishes Season behind WilliamsBy Halston Taylor
The men's track team lost its first home meet to a Division III team since 1983 last Saturday. Williams College won the regular season quadrangular cup championship with a perfect 12-0 record by defeating MIT, Coast Guard, and Worcester Polytech. MIT finished the season with an 11-1 record.
The final score of the meet was Williams 228, MIT 171, Coast Guard 153, and WPI 24.
MIT had its best meet of the season, setting 28 personal records in the losing effort. One of the most remarkable performances was turned in by Matt Sandholm '96, who won the 55-meter dash in 6.77 seconds, missing the freshman record by only 0.03 seconds. Jay Chiang '94 also finished in 6.74 seconds as MIT took first and second in the event and Chiang ran a personal best.
Another exceptional effort was delivered by the leading duo in New England Division III middle distance running, Mike Piepergerdes '93 and Ethan Crain '95. Crain won the mile in 4 minutes, 17.10 seconds, narrowly missing qualifying for the national championships while Piepergerdes was second with a time of 4:18.03. Crain came back to win the 1000-meter run and Piepergerdes returned to win the half mile in a personal best 1:58.80.
The other first place for MIT was by undefeated Matt Robinson '94, one of the leading pole vaulters in the country, who turned in a 15 foot, 1 inch effort in the pole vault. Other notable performances were given by Ed Patron '95 and Marcelo Tangino '96, who finished second and third in the 500-meter run, with personal best times of 1:07.69 and 1:07.88 respectively. Andy Ugarov '95 and James Kirtley '94 finished second and third, clearing 6-7 and 6-5 respectively in the high jump.