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Men's Track Team Finishes 130 Points Up, Extends Streak

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@ByName:By Bo Light

@ByTitle: Team Member

@Body:The MIT mens track team ran (literally) its record to 10-0 this weekend in a romp over Bowdoin, Colby, Westfield State, and Worcester State. The Engineers again were dominant in the field events and long distance runs, and they finished the meet with a whopping 253.5 points, more than 130 points ahead of second-place Bowdoin.

In the field events, Eitan Sabo 97 scored his first points of the year by taking sixth in the 35 lb. weight throw, and John Wallberg 96 placed second in both the weight throw and the shot put to start things off for the Engineers. Matt Robinson 94 won the pole vault for the 184th consecutive week, while Freddie Hernandez 95, Jeremy Melvin 97, and Bill Arnold 94 took the third, fourth, and fifth scoring places.

MIT showed its true dominance of the meet in the jumping events, where Andy Jumpin Joe Ugarov 95 won both the high jump (6 7) and the triple jump (43 5), and all four MIT competitors scored in two of the three events.

In the long jump, Hung Hoang 96 soared to first place with a 20 10 1/2 leap, Morio Alexander 96 took fourth, Micky Williams 94 took sixth with a 19-foot jump, and Elliot Hui 94 grabbed eighth place. In the high jump, James Kirtley G jumped 6 5 to take second to Ugarov, and Hoang finished in a fifth-place tie. Hoang then finished second in the triple jump, with Hui right behind in third, and Alexander in sixth place.

In the running events, the Engineers seemed to grow stronger as the distance increased. Jay Chiang 94 edged out a competitor for fourth place in the 55-meter dash, while Brian Pendleton 94, settled for sixth, and Akin Aina 95 took eighth.

Matt Robinson took a short break from vaulting to finish third in the hurdles; Paul Ogagan 97 was fourth, and Ed Cho 94 picked up seventh place for the team. Marcelo Targino 96 placed fifth in the 200, with Aina and Pendleton taking sixth and seventh, respectively.

Only three running events were won by MIT runners. The first of these was the 400, which was won by Dan Corcoran 94. An impressive pack made up of Eliott Mason 94, Frank Benham 97, and Edgar Im not a freshman Ngwenya 96 finished fourth through sixth in that event.

<*p(0,12,0,10,2.6,0,g,"U.S. English")>Another pack - Kevin Knoedler 94, Targino, Javit Drake 94, and Bo please let me run this Light 96 took the last four scoring places in the 500. In the 800, Ed Patron 95 finished third despite a valiant surge in the last 200 meters (he finished less than half a second behind the winner), and Kimathi Hardy 97 ran a solid race to finish sixth. Jerry Pratt 94 finished third in the 1000, while yet another pack of MIT runners, this time Dan Helgesen 97, Jesse Darley 95, and Rob Casadonte 94, finished fifth, sixth, and seventh.

Darley and Tarik Saleh 95 took first and second in the 1500, while Karl Munklewitz 95 and Gerry Corona 97 came in fourth and fifth, respectively. In the 3000, the Engineers had their best race of the day, as Ethan Crain 95, Carlos Duran 94, Arnold Seto 96, and Josh Feldman 97 swept the top four places. The 1600-meter relay team turned in its best time of the year, but couldnt catch the team from Colby and had to settle for second.

The day ended with a third place finish for the distance medley relay team. The final scores were MIT 253.5, Bowdoin 119, Colby 110, Westfield State 90, Worcester State 13.5. Be sure to catch the action at Johnson Athletic Center this Saturday as the Engineers host archrival Tufts and Division II Springfield College. Field events start at 1 p.m., running events at 2 p.m., and admission, as always, is free.