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Men's Indoor Track Bounces Back from Williams Loss to Win Meet

By Jeff Billing
Team Member

The men's indoor track team suffered a letdown after last week's thriller against Williams College, but still held on to win with 196 points, bettering Bates College's 181, Bowdoin College's 135.5, and Colby College's 78.

Mike Parkins '99 and captain Ravi Sastry '98 once again dominated, with Parkins having his way in the distance events and Sastry scoring big in the sprints and jumps. Parkins recorded individual wins in the 1500-meter race (4:20.33) and the 800-meter race (2:02.25), and then came back to anchor the final race of the day, the distance medley relay, to secure the win for the team.

Sastry won the long jump (20' 10.5"), the 55-meter hurdles (7.99), came in second in the 55-meter dash (6.87), third in the high jump (6' 0"), and seventh in the triple jump (37' 6"). Together, the Sastry-Parkins duo recorded over a fourth of the team's total points.

The premier event of the day may have been the 35-pound weight throw. Eight of the top twelve weight throwers in New England were present. Bates proved to have the most muscle, as they took the top two places, with the winner throwing a national qualifying distance of 56' 8.5". Beavers Mike Butville '98 and Jason Dailey '99 came in fourth (48' 1.25") and seventh (42' 9") respectively. Last year, MIT was home to the top Division III weight thrower in the nation, John Wallberg '96.

Another star-studded event was the pole vault, with seven vaulters clearing heights of 12 feet or higher. MIT performed admirably, taking second, third, and fifth with Matt Potts '00 and Sam Thibault '00 clearing 13' 0", six inches off the winner, and Sam Sidiqi '00 clearing 12' 0".

MIT won the meet with its depth. Todd Rosenfield '01 and captain Neal Karchem '98 took first and second in the 400-meter race. Then in the 800, following Parkins in one of his victories, were Ken Walker '01 and Chuck Van Buren '98 in fourth and fifth respectively. The 1000-meter race also proved to be a solid event as MIT took third through sixth place, led by Joel Ford '98 and Sohail Husain '98. In the 1500, Parkins won, and Phil Loiselle '01 led a trio of Techsters in sixth, seventh, and eight.

Finally, in the longest event of the day, Chris McGuire '00 and Liyan Guo '01 placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

In these track meets, called Quad Cup Meets, first place receives nine points, second receives seven, third six, and so on until eighth place, which gets one point. Along with the Beavers front runners Parkins and Sastry, who recorded the big points, the many fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes enabled MIT to be so competitive.

This Saturday, MIT will hopefully continue this strategy to be victorious in its home meet against Springfield College, Westfield State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Colby.