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Despite Effort, Track Falls to Alumni Team

By Todd N. Chamoy
Team Member

Last Saturday, the varsity indoor track team took part in the annual Alumni Meet. Although the team competed well, the meet was anything but close, as the alumni ran away with the victory, 7349.

MIT showed great depth but couldn't overcome a star-studded alumni team. Led by William E. Singhose G, the alumni won the first 12 events of a 14 event competition. Singhose showed what made him a champion decathlete by winning five events, placing second in two others, and taking two third-place finishes as well.

Another strong contributor for the alumni came was John-Paul B. Clarke G, an All-American weight thrower who won both the 35-lb. weight throw and the shot put. Andy Ugarov G, the third highest point scorer in MIT track and field history, cleared 6' 6" to win the high jump and also placed second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

The alumni had two other athletes win two events each. Ethan A. Crain '95, the 1994 national champion in the 1500m outdoors, won both the 1500m and the 1000m. Malik King won the 55m dash and the 200m. Alumni Terrance J. McNatt '87 ran hard in the 5000m, but couldn't keep up with Arnold H. Seto '96, who won one of two events for the varsity team.

Even against such strong alumni competition, the varsity had several strong performances and showed great depth. MIT had six New England Division III qualifiers to go with four from the previous meet against the Naval Academy Prep School last Wednesday. Seto qualified with his victory in the 5000m, as did Joshua D. Feldman '97. MIT had three qualifiers in the pole vault; Paul D. Ogagan '97 qualified this past Saturday to join Jason Melvin '97 and Andrew Jamieson '99.

Other qualifiers at the alumni meet were Daniel S. Helgesen '97 in both the 1500m and the 100m, and Ravi V. Sastry '98 in the long jump. Last Wednesday, Jared K. Miller '99 also qualified in the long jump, and Morio Alexander '96 qualified in the triple jump.

Such performances give MIT hope for the rest of the season, when they compete against teams that don't have as quite many all-Americans and national champions as the alumni team. Coach Halston W. Taylor seemed satisfied with the performance of the team, although in the future he hopes for more team unity and support. The team has good potential, and that the team will be competitive once again.