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MIT Runner Wins Event at NCAA Div.III Meet

Roger Crosley
Sports Information Director

MIT junior track man Ethan Crain of North Windham, ME, won the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championship in the 1,500 meters recently at the championship meet at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Crain, who was seeded eighth in the event entering the meet, covered the course in 3 minutes, 52.52 seconds to earn All-American honors as well as the title.

GTE College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic honors have been bestowed on several MIT Athletes recently. Senior softball outfielder Dionne Chapman has been named to the Academic All-America third team for her performance both in the classroom and on the field. Chapman, from Miami, FL, is a mechanical engineering major who hit .419 for the Engineers.

Three other athletes have been named to the GTE CoSIDA Academic All-District teams. Tennis players Jay Muelhoefer and Valerie Tan have been named to the first team in the At-Large category, and Jeff Breedlove, a wrestler, is a second team all-district selection. Muelhoefer, of Dayton, OH, and Tan from Singapore, will now appear on the national ballot in the At large category. Tan is a biology major while Muelhoefer and Breedlove, from Sioux City, IA, are mechanical engineering majors.

MIT crews returned from the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta in Syracuse, NY, recently with a silver medal to show for their efforts. The Open Four with coxswain took second to the Naval Academy in its event covering the 2,000 meter course in 7:16.2. The coxswain was sophomore Anand Raghunathan of Nashville, TN; freshman Charley Able of Bozeman, MT, was in the bow. David Spielvogel, a junior from Honolulu, HI, manned the second seat; with sophomore Victor van Berkel from Albuquerque, NM, in the third seat. The stroke was Dan Dunn a senior from Cambridge, MA.

The final Division III men's tennis rankings have been released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and MIT's doubles team of Jay Muelhoefer and Nick Tsai finished fifth in the nation. Muelhoefer, from Dayton, OH, and Tsai, of Okemos, MI, are both members of the Class of 1994. Additionally Muelhoefer earned a final ranking of 31 in singles competition.

Athletes named to teams

In late May, three baseball players were named to the GTE CoSIDA Academic All-District second team. Pitcher Rob Lepard, infielder Brian Christensen and outfielder Jon Gass were selected. Lepard, a junior from Cincinnati, OH, compiled a 6-4 record with an earned run average of only 2.14. He is an electrical science and engineering major. Christensen, a senior mechanical engineering major from Weymouth, MA, led the team in hitting with a .355 batting average, hits (38), and was second in RBI's (23). Gass is a chemical engineering major and hit .296 over the course of the season. The senior from Randolph, MA, was first on the team in at bats (108) and second in runs scored (23).

Also in late May, the Constitution Athletic Conference 1993-94 All-Scholastic Team was announced and four MIT athletes were on the six person squad. Soccer player Jason Grapski of Fairfield, CT; cross country runner Jerry Patt of Ashland, WI; golfer Frank Popp of Indiana, PA; and baseball player Jeff Olson from River Forest, IL were each named to the team. All four athletes are seniors.

Pilgrim Lacrosse League All-Stars were announced and MIT's two co-captains made the squad. Midfielder Ryan Blanchette, a senior from Orundz, CA, and junior defenseman Chris Berg from Rockville Center, NY, were each selected by the League's coaches.

MIT linebacker Nolan Duffin, a senior from Burke, VA, was named to the 1993 Sigma Alpha Epsilon All-America football team. Duffin led the Engineers in tackles each of the last two years and was a GTE CoSIDA second team Academic All-American for the 1993 season.