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Track and Field Annihilates Competition in Quad Cup Meet

By Jeff Billing
Team Member

The men's track and field team thoroughly annihilated the Tufts University Jumbos last Saturday in their final quad cup meet of the season. The Beavers went into the meet expecting a close competition, but walked away with 258 points, far more than Tufts' 185, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 110, and Middlebury College's 31. The sweep gave MIT a 121 record going into the post season.

As usual, Mike Parkins '99 and co-captain Ravi Sastry '98 lead the way. Sastry recorded four victories, winning the long jump, the 55-meter high hurdles, the 55-meter dash,and the 200-meter dash. Parkins was only needed in two events, the 1500-meter race and the 3000-meter race, both of which he won using his patented strategy of staying in second place until the last 400 meters where twice he unleashed a ferocious finishing kick, leaving the Tufts and Coast Guard runners with absolutely no chance.

Pole vaulters help with 31 points

MIT's pole vaulters played an enormous part in the win as they recorded 31 points, the maximum number of points a team can score in an one event, by placing first, second, third, and fourth. Sam Thibault '00 won the event, clearing 13'00", and was followed by Matt Potts '00, Sam Sidiqi '99, and Sam Towell '00.

The 35 lb. weight throwers also had an impressive day. Jason Dailey '99 led the way with a breakthrough performance of 49' 3 3/4" which took second place. Mike Butville '98 and George Torres '99 followed in third and fourth in the weight throw and also took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put, an event won by MIT's Patrick Dannen '98 with a put of 44' 2 1/4". In the triple jump, MIT's Kalpak Kothari '00 came through with an outstanding jump of 41' 1/2" to win and was immediately followed by Tyson Lawrence '01 in second place.

On the track, Todd Rosenfield '01 recorded second place in the 400-meter dash while Neal Karchem '99 took third. Karchem then returned to place second in the 200m behind Sastry. In the 600-meter race, Martin Suresh '99 and Ashley Clayborne '99 both ran season best times to place third and fourth.

The 800-meter race may have been the most competitive of the day, with the top eight finishers all within four seconds. Joel Ford '98 came through for MIT in 1:59.40 for second place.

Distance runners make good time

MIT's distance runners recorded many New England qualifying times, a good omen for next week's New England Division III competition. Chris McGuire '00 qualified in both the mile and the 3000m while Phil Loiselle '01 also qualified in two events, the mile and the 1000-meter race. Rich Rosalez '98 came within half a second of the qualifying time in the 3000m with his seventh place finish.

Rosalez and the rest of the team will have their final chance to qualify tomorrow, when MIT hosts the Quad Cup Invitational. Among others, Williams College is scheduled to compete, and both MIT and Williams will be using the invite as a way to tune up for next week's New England's, where the two teams should fight it out for the championship.