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Track and Field Displays Depth at Williams Relays

By Keith Szolusha
Team Member
Williams, Mass.

After starting off the season with victories over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Worcester Polytechnic Institute one week ago, the men's outdoor track and field team had some strong individual and team performances at the annual Williams College Relays on Saturday.

Although the Williams meet was a non-scoring competition, it gave the athletes a chance to achieve their personal bests while competing against a large field of schools.

Topping the day's performances was Matt Sandholm '96 whose first place finish in the 200-meter race, with a time of 21.65 seconds, not only provisionally qualified him for nationals but also set a new school record. In addition, Sandholm finished first in the 100 meters with a time of 10.7 seconds.

Tri-captain Ethan Crain '95, who has already qualified for nationals and currently holds the best Division III time in the nation in the 1,500 meters (3:51), added to his heroics with a first place finish and a national championship qualifying time of 9:19.0 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Tri-captain Andy Ugarov '95 finished first in the high jump with a dramatic jump-off to have a final result of 6 feet, 5 inches. Ugarov and one other competitor remained at the height of 6' 5". Both jumpers knocked the bar off on all three attempts, but Ugarov successfully made it over on his fourth attempt after his competitor had failed. Ugarov also placed second in the triple jump, with a jump of 45' 9.5".

Other athletes set personal records as well. Jesse Darley '95 completed the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:46.0 to finish fourth. Keith Szolusha '97 placed fifth in the javelin with an orbital throw of 169' 7". Reggy Paulding '97 completed the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a personal record time of 1:02.2.

MIT used its depth in the field events to place in the team relay competitions. Ugarov, Sheldon Myrie '95, and a third place finish from Hung Hoang '96 (41' 5.5") combined to win the triple jump relay. Ugarov, Bo Light '96, and Dennis Dougherty '98 received first place in the high jump relay.

A fourth place finish in the hammer throw, with a throw of 172' 6" by John Wallberg '96, combined with throws from Patrick Dannen '98 and Antonio Morales-Pena '95, was far enough to win second place in the hammer relay.

Wallberg, Dannen, and Keith Bevans '95 won second place in the shot put relay competition. Also, Hoang, Light, and Lincoln Bonner '97 finished third in the long jump relay.

The track and field team hopes to keep its 20 record perfect with two upcoming home meets, the first against Tufts University and Bentley College Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m., followed a week later by a contest against Springfield College.