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Chemical Engineers Prevail in Octathon with 7-0-1 Record

By Josh Taylor
Team Member

Octathon '98 marked the return of the glory years to for the kids from Building 66. Clad in black T-shirts adorned with crossed-bones, the Chemical Engineering department's Octathletes gave new meaning to the expression "Real men wear black," scoring the maximum 150 points in an amazing six of eight events. In the end, Team X had an astonishing record of 7񩔑 and beat the second place team by nearly 300 points.

The octathon began early morning at Johnson ice rink. ChemE faced Kappa Sigma in a full-contact hockey game. After overcoming the first barrier of fielding a complete team at 8 in the morning, the defense took over, led by the impenetrable Chase Orsello G at goal, shutting out the opponents. The offense did its part, scoring nine goals to max out on points.

Patriot's Day weekend arrived, and the men in black continued the onslaught, securing a 122 victory in Ultimate Frisbee. Led by Jeff Hrkach G, Pat Walton G, and Chris Dowd, ChemE outmatched Zeta Psi.

Sunday began with a football matchup against the intimidating men from Lambda Chi Alpha, led by Marshall Scholar Brad Gray '98 on the line. However, stellar play by Randy Myers G, Chad Reinstra G, the nimble Kiko Aumond G, and Josh Taylor G allowed Greg Dudley G to work his magic. With flying receptions by Tim Padera G, Hrkach, Casim, and Losey, ChemE once again came out on top, 260, marking the third consecutive maximum point performance.

On that magical Sunday afternoon, ChemE faced Ashdown in volleyball and fought to the very end to secure victory. Ashdown was missing its star player, Charles Morton. Led by key server, Padera, setter, Pat Walton G, and bone-crushing hitter, Josh Taylor G, ChemE headed into soccer with a fourth victory, tallying another 135 points to their total.

Soccer marked the toughest match of the octathon for the warriors, facing the defending champions, Delta Upsilon. DU clearly outplayed the ChemE juggernaut, with four headers on goal and outshooting ChemE by a ratio of 41. However, Padera played the game of his life in goal saving every shot that came his way. The game finished with less than 1 minute remaining when the lights suddenly shut off, saving a 00 tie.

Tuesday began with softball against the Graduate Student Council. The game was a slugfest of home-run after home-run resulting in a win with a score of 2910.

Water Polo placed ChemE battling LCA once again in a tough match. Amazing offensive play by Padera and Dowd accompanied by physical defense by Aumond gave ChemE the win by a score of 73.

By now the victory was imminent, but basketball provided the icing on the cake. Facing the formidable contingent from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dewitt and Taylor combined for a critical 7 points to secure the 7821 victory. Chad, Chase, Dudley, Hrkach, Padera, Walton, and Myers also played well.

After maximizing out in every event on Tuesday, the championship was clearly decided. ChemE got 1125 points, finishing of LCA with 841, and KS with 829.