track topples Conn College and Coast Guard
ALEX MOORE, STAFF WRITER
Men's Indoor Track team added to their winning record
at a three-college meet in New London, Connecticut, where they defeated
both Coast Guard Academy and Connecticut College.
Despite a four-and-one-half hour drive on the morning
of the meet, the Bowdoin men were at their best. "I was pleased that we
handled a long road trip like a group of veterans. We didn't sulk or complain;
we prepared and executed," said Captain Steve Allison '01. The team may
have competed like hardened veterans, but the majority of the point scorers
were freshmen and sophomores.
James Wilkins '04 won the high jump event, clearing
6'04.75'', while Dan Abraham '04 finished a close second in the long jump
with a leap of 19'11.75''. Abraham also won the 55m high hurdles, followed
by second-place finisher, Jesse Cargill '03. The swift sophomore sprinters,
Jeff Manganaro and Chris Davidson, finished first and second in the 55m
The middle distance events were dominated by the Polar
Bears. Rob Mandle '02 and Phil Webster '04 took the first two spots in
the 600m, both running times of 1:26, while Byron Boots '03 won the 800m.
Perhaps the most dominating victory of the day, was Bowdoin's one-two-three
finish in the 1000m by Allison, Matt Mellen '02, and Dave "Mad Dog" Wall
'02. The 1000m race marked an impressive comeback by Mad Dog, who had
not run a race in 18 months due to a hip injury, suffered during his freshman
The distance runners came through as usual, with a one-two
finish in the 1500m by Allison and Dan Gulotta '03. Pat Vardaro '03 finished
second in the 3000m.
One of the most important and anticipated meets of the
season is this Saturday's State Meet, at Bates College. At last year's
State Meet, the Bowdoin men came through with wave after wave of season
best performances on the track from the 55m through the 5K to pull off
a terrific upset over the odds-on favorite Bates College. "Last year we
went into the State Meet as the underdog, but we believed in ourselves
and came out victorious. This year, we are favored slightly, but we'll
approach the meet with the same focus, and hopefully, we can create the
same result," said Allison.
"This will be another close State Meet; we beat Colby,
as did Bates...I hope our depth will be the deciding factor," said Coach
The jumping events look to be decisive for the Polar
Bear effort. "The jumps have narrow margins of tolerance for takeoffs
and narrow margins of victory on distances. Our jumpers have a lot of
poise and I think they enjoy clutch situations. They've been the key to
our success through the regular season, and we'll get a chance to see
how they perform in a championship setting," said Coach Slovenski.
Donohoe sprints towards the sand pit. (Colin LeCroy/The Bowdoin Orient)