Men's track and field puts on a clinic
On Saturday, the Bowdoin Men's Track & Field Team traveled down to New London, Connecticut, where they thwarted the dreams of a host of challengers, including the US Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Roger Williams University. The Polar Bears dominated the meet, scoring 237 points, while second place Coast Guard managed only 174.
The big event of the day was the 55-meter dash. Bowdoin sprinters Jeff Manganaro '03, Brian Laurits '04, Geoff Close '05, Matt Volk '03, Chris Davidson '03 and John-Mark Ikeda '06 swept the top six places. Laurits, Manganaro and Ikeda also doubled back to take the top three spots in the 200-meter dash, and several of the sprinters contributed to Bowdoin's 4x400 relay team, which they won easily in a time of 3:33.
First-year Andrew Combs nailed down his first college victory in the 1000-meter run (2:35), and was followed by junior Steve Franklin (2:36) and seniors Jeff Rubens (3:37) and Dan Gulotta (2:38). Rubens also won the mile, blasting past Coast Guard's Matt Dowthit en route to a solid time of 4:24.
The top two places in the 600 meters went to sophomore Greydon Foil (1:24.5) and senior Byron Boots (1:24.8), while juniors Jordan Harrison (2:01) and Phil Webster (2:02) picked up third and fourth in the 800 meters.
In the jumps, the Polar Bears were again paced by junior James Wilkins, who cruised to an easy victory in the high jump with a leap of 6'4". Tung Trinh '04 (20'6") and Tim Pasakarnis '03 (19'4") placed second and third in the long jump, and Aaron Donohoe '03 picked up third in the triple jump.
The Bowdoin weight men were also dominant. Chris Wagner '04, Pat Lyons '06 and Jamie Salsich '03 swept the first three places in the shot put, and sophomore Jarrett Young threw 47'5" to win the weight throw.
This evening the Polar Bears will battle local rivals Colby, Bates and Southern Maine at the Maine State Meet in Portland. Spectators are welcome.