Taking off at a sprinter's pace, the men's track team dominated its final home meet of the indoor season last Saturday, raising its streak of first-place finishes to three.

The Bowdoin Invitational was comprised of Bowdoin, Springfield, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Tufts, and Colby. With a final score of 218.5, Bowdoin more than doubled the points of second-place Springfield, who earned only 99.

Taking first place in individual events were David Bean '13 in the 200 meter dash, Matthew Gamache '13 in the 400-meter dash, Brett Stein '12 in the 600-meter, Colin Fong '12 in the 800-meter, senior captain Matthew Hillard in the 1000 meters, and Alex Williams '12 in the mile.

The 4x400 relay team, made up of captain Riker Wikoff '12, Malik McKnight '15, Samuel Chick '13, and Gamache beat second-place RPI by only a second. The 4x800 relay team of Coby Horowitz '14, Christian Sleeper '15, captain Colin Ogilvie '12, and Hillard finished 12 seconds ahead of the second-place Tufts squad.

Coach Peter Slovenski wrote in an email to the Orient that he was particularly proud of Williams, who helped close out the top three in the 1-mile race in front of sophomore teammates Sam Seekins and James Boeding.

"Alex is having a terrific season," Slovenski wrote. "The team really gets a lift when he is on the track because he is such an exciting runner to watch."

At the Maine State Meet tomorrow at Bates, Bowdoin will face a talented defending champion Bobcat team.

"Bates has a few more top-seeded athletes, and we have a little more depth," Slovenski wrote. He added that the team needs those "who are ranked eighth or sixth to move up in the scoring. It will take a team effort and clutch performances for us to win this one."

-Compiled by Ron Cervantes.