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Parkins, Sastry Shine in Men's Track Victory

By Jeff Billing
Team Member

Last Saturday, the men's indoor track and field team improved its record to 91, with a sweep of Springfield College, Westfield State College, Colby College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Mike Parkins '99 remained untouchable, winning the 1500-meter (4:02.41) and the 800-meter (2:01:77) races for the second week in a row. Captain Ravi Sastry '98 also continued his winning ways as he won the 55-meter high hurdles (8.05) and the high jump (6' 0") and placed second in the 55-meter dash (6.78) and the long jump (21' 2").

MIT dominated many of the events. In the 1500m, the first running event, the Beavers set the tone as Parkins won, Phil Louiselle '01 took third, Ken Walker '01 placed fourth, and Rich Rosalez '98 came in sixth. Similarly, Tech's pole vaulting squad of Matt Potts '00, Sam Thibault '00, Sam Sidiqi '99, and Sam Towell '00 took places one, two, four, and six, respectively.

Thanks to some extra motivation from the coaching staff, the team's distance runners rebounded from an unimpressive performance last week to score big in all races half a mile and longer.

Following Parkins' victory in the 800m, Gus Bloomquist '99 led a trio of Techsters into the top seven as he himself placed third in a time of 2:05.04. Joel Ford '98 then ran an amazing 2:35.72 in the 1000m, bringing Sohail Husein '98 with him, as the two took first and second in the race. Freshmen Loiselle and Walker completed impressive doubles as they too scored in the 1000-meter race, placing fourth and sixth respectively.

MIT also dominated the longest event of the day, the 5000-meter race. Chris McGuire '00 ran away from the field to win while freshmen trio Ed Keehr '01, Liyan Guo '01, and Mark Strauss '01 placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Other impressive performances were put in by Todd Rosenfield '01, who ran a gutsy 52.61 to place third in the 400-meter race and Pat Dannen '98 who placed fourth in the shot put with a personal best toss of 45' 1.5".

Neil Karchem '98 was Tech's top finisher in both the 200-meter race (24.59, for seventh) and the 600-meter race (1:28.38, for fourth) getting the team valuable points in the sprinting events, while Junius Ho '01 scored in all three of his events with a fourth place finish in the 55m hurdles, sixth place in the long jump, and seventh in the triple jump.

Overall, MIT outdistanced all four opponents by over a hundred points, and seems well prepared going into tomorrow's quad cup meet at home, where MIT will face tough competition from Tufts University and the Coast Guard Academy.