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Track athletes win, set records at Washington and Lee Spring Carnival

The men’s and women’s Track teams traveled down to Virginia to compete in the Washington and Lee Spring Carnival. Carnival turned out to be an aptly chosen word, as the atmosphere was rounded out with nonstop jams featuring The Great Miley Cyrus, among other legends.

MIT’s men had a dominating performance in this extremely competitive meet, which featured Division II, III, and post-collegiate athletes.

Stephen A. Morton ’10 placed first or second in four individual events (100, 200, LJ, TJ) setting a meet record and earning a provisionally qualifying mark. He led the Engineers to a second place finish in the 4x100.

Another name in the headlines was Gregory D. Tao ’10, who won the pole vault by a foot — literally — while setting a meet record and earning a provisionally qualifying jump.

A name which may be unfamiliar (but won’t be much longer) is freshman Patrick K. Marx ’13. Pat, seeded fifth in the 800, captured the win much to the surprise of his senior competitors. He also ran a blazing 48.9 anchor leg of the 4x400, and rounded of the weekend with the 200. There are sure to be big things to come from him.

Other event winners were Matthew D. Falk ’12 (high jump) and Vladimir Sobes ’11 (javelin).

MIT’s track team is looking the best it has in recent memory. Look for continued domination in NEWMACs as well as the Division III New England Regionals.

—Paul Welle, Team Representative

Women’s lightweight four beats Princeton by seven seconds

Wrapping up a week of heavy training in Cambridge, the lightweight women’s rowing team traveled to Princeton, New Jersey for their first race of the season this past weekend. Both MIT and Princeton fielded two eights and a four and the Philadelphia University openweights also fielded an eight and a four. With nearly perfect, crisp, yet sunny spring conditions, the MIT four managed to pull ahead of Princeton and beat them by almost 7 seconds. The second varsity eight held their ground, coming in just 7 seconds after Princeton’s 2V, and the first varsity eight fought with Philadelphia University, coming in just 4 seconds behind the Philadelphia 1V and 16 seconds behind the Princeton 1V. Overall, the team had three great races and is looking forward to more traveling and racing in the upcoming weeks.

—Meredith Lis, Team Representative

Men’s heavy eight races past Boston College in first scrimmage of 2010

After a long week of training (filled with blood, sweat, and river water), the MIT heavies were ready for their first scrimmage of the year. The varsity eight took on Boston College, which didn’t stand a chance. MIT dominated, winning four out of four pieces. The freshman four, in its own mini-regatta, competed with boats from BC and Connecticut College. After a very shaky first piece, which resulted in a third out of 7 boats placement, the freshmen placed first in three out of four pieces (beating out the MIT lightweight men and BC’s varsity four). All in all, a solid beginning to the 2010 spring season.

—Richard L. Wood, Team Representative