Track Posts Close Win over SpringfieldBy Todd Chamoy
The men's track team showed great depth in pulling out a tough victory over Springfield College last Saturday. The meet was held at Bowdoin College, who, along with Colby College, comprised the remaining teams in the Quad Cup meet. The final score of MIT 212.5, Springfield 176.5, Bowdoin 160, and Colby 36 was a little too close for Coach Halston Taylor's liking.
"While I was pleased with the victory, I thought we lacked the passion that we displayed [against Coast Guard earlier in the season]. The exception was the throws, they really carried the ball."
The MIT throwers, severely outclassed by Division II Springfield, needed excellent performances from everyone to make up for the deficit in talent. In the 35 lb. weight throw, Michael T. Butville '98 lead the charge with an outstanding 45-foot-10.5-inch throw that elicited cheers from his teammates so loud they shook the field house. His throw put him in second place, just ahead of Aaron Miller from Springfield.
Also throwing well and placing in the weight throw were Wade Morehead '98 and Todd Chamoy '98, who finished 5th and 6th, respectively.
As if not to be outdone by his teammate in the weight throw, Keith Bevans G waited until the last possible moment to put away his competition, when, on his sixth and final throw in the shot put, he threw 43-feet, 2.5-inches, just a quarter-inch ahead of a Bowdoin thrower, and good enough for 3rd place. Patrick Dannen '98 and George Torres '99 each had personal bests in the shot put and both scored valuable points for MIT.
Sastry, Aina help MIT victory
Ravi V. Sastry '98 was a stand-out once again, placing in 5 of the 15 individual events, including 1st place in the long jump, where Lincoln Bonner '97, Jared Miller '99, and Akin Aina G joined him to sweep the top four places, dealing a crushing blow to the opposition with 27 points in just one event.
A solid day from Aina helped MIT as well. He placed 4th in the long jump, 3rd in the 55-meter dash, and 3rd in the 200 meters.
Surprisingly, MIT was able to win the meet with only two individual victories. In addition to Sastry's long jump, Edgar R. Ngwenya '96 won the 400 meters with a time of 0:53.96, a solid half-second lead over the second place Colby sprinter.
The Engineers placed at least three athletes in the first 14 events, and in a meet that close, every point counted. "Champions are measured by winning the close ones, not the easy ones,"Coach Taylor said.