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Men's Track Victory Ends Undefeated Regular Season

Greg Kuhnen - The Tech
Morlo Alexander '97 soars to win the triple jump in Saturday's track meet with Springfield College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

By Jennifer Yang
team manager

After hosting Springfield College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy this past Saturday, the men's track team finished the regular season undefeated. MIT won their last home meet with a final score of 103.5, ahead of Springfield (81.5) and Coast Guard (18).

Knowing that there was tough competition in the throws, the team increased their efforts in the running and jumping events. This led to a sweep in the 400 meters and the long jump and three of the four places in the 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, and the 1,500 meters.

MIT started out strong in the running events. The 400-meter relay team of John Kim '98, Lincoln Bonner '97, Neal Karchem '99, and Dafe Ogagan '97 cruised by Springfield's team to win with a time of 44.27 seconds.

With favorable weather conditions and fans cheering, Michael Parkins '99 won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and qualified for NCAA III Outdoor Track Nationals with a time of 9:13.5. This places him fourth in the nation behind teammate Leif Seed '99.

The first sweep of the meet was in the long jump. Ogagan, who placed first with a jump of 21 feet 1/2 inch, was followed by Lincoln Bonner '97, Morio Alexander G, and Jared Miller '98.

MIT's 400-meter team added to the excitement as Karchem, Daniel Helgesen '97, John Kim '98, and Morio Alexander G dominated the track in this event, with times of 51.36, 51.67, 52.21, and 52.64 seconds respectively.

Christopher McGuire '00, after placing third in the 1,500 meters, came back and won the 5,000 meters by over 30 seconds with a time of 15:17.91. The 1,600-meter relay team consisted of John Kim '98, Joel Ford '98, Parkins, and Karchem. Having lost to MIT last year in the 1,600-meter relay, Springfield was out for a rematch. Karchem anchored the MIT team to a first-place finish, beating the Springfield anchor man for the second year in a row.

"We had a lot of season and personal bests today,"Karchem said. "It was an all-around great team effort to win this meet and finish the season undefeated."

"The team is really doing well, and people should look for us vying for number one against Williams in the New England Division III Finals," said Gustav Blomquist '99.

On Saturday, the men will be traveling to Williams College to compete in a non-scoring meet and to qualify for New England Division III Championships.