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Men's Track Still Undefeated After Decisive Win Over Tufts

Thomas R. Karlo--The Tech
Chad Souke '99 throws the javelin during Saturday's track meet against Tufts University.

By Jennifer Yang
Team Manager

TheMITtrack team sought to extend its undefeated season last Saturday, facing Tufts University on an unseasonably cold, windy afternoon. MIT prevailed 9964, winning every running event and sweeping the 200-meter dash, the javelin, and the pole vault.

Tufts was the only school which defeated MIT during the outdoor season last year. Given last year's outcome, this meet was expected to be MIT's biggest obstacle to a perfect record this season.

With top sprinter Matthew Sandholm G and jumper Ravi Sastry '98 not competing because of injuries, MIT entered the meet without two of its top performers. Strong performances from other team members were needed in their absence.

Lincoln Bonner '97, who was entered in six events, was the team's top scorer. Bonner placed first in the 100-meter dash (11.58 seconds), 110-meter high hurdles (15.67), and the 200 (23.15). Coming in strong behind Bonner in the 200 was Neal Karchem '99 with a time of 23.54, his best time this season. Bradley Geilfuss G captured third by four-hundreths of a second with a time of 23.84.

The efforts of Samuel Thibault '00, Matts Potts '00, and Andrew Jamieson '99 secured MIT's lead by taking all three places in the pole vault.

For the first time, MIT swept the javelin. Rookie Chad Souke '99 made his debut, and after one practice with the spear, he threw a distance of 148 feet 1 inch to win.

Chris McGuire '00, fresh for the 5,000-meter run, followed the Tufts' runners for the first 4,800 meters. McGuire took the lead and ran the last 200 meters in 28 seconds, winning by 10 seconds in 15 minutes 33.27 seconds.

Michael Parkins '99 easily won the 3,000-meter steeplechase despite the strong wind with a time of 9:46.8. For the first time this season, Leif Seed '99 did not run the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Instead, he took first in the 1,500 meters and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, earning a season best of 57.21.

Men's track has now won all six of its meets this season. MIT's last home meet of the season will be this Saturday against Springfield College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.