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Men's Track Trounces Coast Guard, 3 Others

By Todd Chamoy
Team Member

The varsity track team entered their meet this past Saturday expecting tough competition. Facing their archrival Coast Guard as well as teams from WPI, Colby, and UMass-Dartmouth, MIT took an early lead and coasted to a 93-point victory.

The Engineers dominated in the 1500-meter, where Daniel S. Helgesen '97, Joel S. Ford '98, Arnold H. Seto '96, and Joshua D. Feldman '97 finished first, second, third, and fifth, respectively.

MIT swept the top four places in the long jump, led by Ravi V. Sastry '98, who also won the 55 high hurdles, placed third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump.

Leif Seed '99 could not compete in the sprinting events due to injury. Although he had only competed in the pole vault in high school, Seed was called upon with less than a day's notice to pole vault. All Seed needed to do was clear the opening height of nine feet and he was guaranteed at least eighth place. He cleared ten feet, placing sixth in the event and earning three more points.

MIT placed at least three athletes in thirteen of the fifteen non-relay events. This is especially impressive considering that the team is limited to just four entries per event.

Perhaps the most exciting race of the afternoon was the 500-meter, where Edgar R. Ngwenya '96 inched out a Coast Guard runner at the finish line to win by eight-hundredths of a second. Ngwenya trailed by a few meters going into the last straightaway, and turned on the afterburners to catch the leader.

Stand-out athletes from the meet include Sastry, who placed in four events; Lincoln Bonner '97, Bo Light '96, Akin A. Aina G and Hung Q. Hoang '96, who placed in three events each.