By Travis Johnson
After Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Wheaton College in the NEWMAC conference tournament final, MIT remains the only champion in the eight year history of the tournament.
Wheaton’s Brian Danishevesky beat Mark D. Egan ’07 in fifth singles, marking the first time MIT lost a match in the tournament.
The Engineers started the match by taking the doubles point with wins in first and third doubles matches. Evan W. Tindell ’06 and Thomas H. Dohlman ’07 beat Payum Payman and Sean Daly 8-3 in the first spot, while Jonathan F. Farm ’08 and Said E. Francis ’06 won 8-5 over Matt Sheers and Nick Potter in the third.
Tindell, Eric A. Beren ’08, and Mevlin C. Makhni ’07 won the first, third and sixth singles matches for MIT to put away Wheaton, all in straight sets. Four points are needed to win, with one point for each singles match and one for the doubles series.
When play stopped when MIT got their fourth point, Wheaton had the lead in both of the matches still in progress. Daly and Brad Dressler were both one game away from winning their singles matches.
Host MIT won the NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field crown Saturday, scoring 211.5 points compared to second place U.S. Coast Guard’s 178.
Defending Division III National Champion shot putter Uzoma A. Orji ’06 had a remarkable afternoon, winning the shot put, discus, and hammer throw to score 30 points, more than the entire Babson team. His 58 feet, 6 inches shot put was a meet record.
MIT had four other meet winners: Spencer C. Dudley ’07 in the 10,000 m, Chris M. Bruce ’08 in the 3000 m Steeplechase, Omari S. Stephens ’08 in the Pole Vault, and Thaddeus J. Wozniak ’06 in the Long Jump.