Robinson, Piepergerdes Win Regional Track TitlesBy Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information
Mike Piepergerdes '93 and Matt Robinson '94 returned with titles from last weekend's New England Division III track and field meet at Brandeis University. Piepergerdes won the 1,500-meters with a time of 3 minutes, 58.65 seconds, while Robinson captured the pole vault with a leap of 15 feet, 71/4 inches.
Robinson's vault was a personal best, set a meet record, and qualified him along with Piepergerdes for both the national championships and the IC4A championships. Ethan Crain '95 also had a strong meet placing second in both the 1,500 meter with a time of 3:58.67 and the 3,000 meters. Crain's 3,000 meter time of 8:40.42 was a personal best. John Wallberg '96 placed fourth in the 35-pound weight throw with a personal best throw of 52 feet, 43/4 inches. Wallberg's throw broke the MIT freshman record -- held for 20 years by Brian Moore -- by nearly two feet.
Women's and men's skiing
Skier Kate Bergeron '93 won both the 5-kilometer classic and the 15-kilometer freestyle events at the recently completed Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships at Waterville, N.H. Bergeron covered the 5 km course in 20 minutes, 45 seconds and took the 15-kilometer with a time of 57:09.2. Westley Sherman '95 placed fourth in the men's 20-km freestyle and second in the 10-km classic events.
Men's ice hockey
The men's ice hockey team ended it's regular season Saturday with a 9-1 win over Emerson College. The victory elevated the team's record to 12-5-1. Earlier in the week the team scored a come-from-behind victory over Springfield College to move into second place in the New England Collegiate Club Hockey Association. Rob Silva '93 scored three goals and tallied three assists in the win over Springfield giving him team scoring honors with 23 goals and 20 assists on the season. The second place finish in the league has earned the Engineers a first-round bye in the playoffs. The team will play in the semi-finals at Wallace Rink in Fitchburg on Feb. 27. The finals will be Feb. 28 at the same site.
Portia Lewis '93, a forward, has recently been named to the GTE College Sports Information Directors' of America Academic All-District second team. Lewis is a mechanical engineering major who has averaged 12.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 21 games this season.
Wrestler Chandler Harben '95 placed second in the 190-pound weight class in the New England Division III tournament last weekend.
The women's tennis team is ranked 18th in the nation in the latest Division III poll conducted by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The ranking is based on the team's performance during the fall season, when it compiled a 13-2 record and won the New England Women's Eight Conference championship. In addition, Frederica Turner '95 was ranked in a tie for 40th in Division III singles competition.