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Weight Thrower Wins NCAA Championship

By Roger Crosley
sports information director

The list of MIT's national champions grew with John Wallberg G winning the 35-lbs. weight throw at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Wallberg threw the weight 59 feet 3 1/2 inches to win the title by 2 feet 11 inches. It is the third time Wallberg has earned All-America honors in the event.

Athletes earn all-district honors

Three MIT fall sports athletes were named to the GTE College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team. Cross country runner Arnold Seto G and water polo player Matt Lau '97, were named to the men's fall/winter at-large team. Named to the women's team was field hockey player Katherine Merrilees '97. Each athlete will now appear on the national Academic All-America ballot.

Pistol captures sectionals

The MIT pistol team recently captured the Intercollegiate Sectionals, outdistancing the Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Myong-Sin Yi '98 was the individual champion at the sectionals. Yi was also named to the 13-member United States Shooting National Development team, which is designed to give training and match experience to potential elite shooters.

Women's gymnastics beats Brown

The women's gymnastics team finished its regular season in style recently by shattering the team record for points scored. The Engineers defeated Brown University and Rhode Island College by scoring a 177.625.

The victory over Brown was the first in the history of the program over a Division I opponent. Lee Knight '00 also set an MIT record in the all-around competition with a 37.125. Knight's score was one of five team scoring records set in the meet.

The team will compete in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships this coming weekend at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse.

Women hoopsters honored

MIT basketball players were recently honored by the New England Women's 8 Conference. Guard Sarah Davis '97 was named to the NEW 8 all-conference team. Davis, who averaged over 12 points and five assists each game, is the first MIT player selected to the team since the 1990 season.

Heather Lukacs '00 was named the conference's rookie of the year. Lukacs averaged over a dozen points and added nearly nine rebounds each contest. In addition, Davis was selected to play in the New England Women's Basketball Association Senior All-Star Game which was held Sunday at Brandeis University.

Men's tennis starts season strongly

The men's tennis team has started the spring portion of its season with a bang by defeating two Division I opponents in its first two matches. The Engineers took 52 decisions from both the University of Vermont and from Boston College. Overall for the year, the Engineers have compiled a 71 record.