Sept. 18, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Marking its best performance this fall, nationally-ranked MIT continued its early season surge with a stunning fifth place finish at the Hatch Brown Trophy this past weekend.
For the first time this season, the host Engineers teamed their top duo to battle in A-Division, and skipper Jack Field and crew Wyman Li came through with a remarkable third place slot out of 18 entries. Just as striking was the third place ranking of skipper Brooks Reed and crew Sylvia Yang in B-Division, while Jake Muhleman and Julie Arsenault held their own, finishing 10th in the "C" circuit.
Facing a light south easterly breeze of 3-7 knots, A-Division completed all of its races on Saturday. Highlighting the day for Field and Li was a pair of first place finishes in the second and seventh rounds. MIT's terrific tandem finished with six top-five placements and ranked in the top-10 in every joust.
B-Division ran nine races on the first day, with Reed and Yang finishing atop the board. MIT's middle circuit also notched six top-five scores, while placing in the top-10 in all but one race. Their day was marked by three first-place slots in the third, seventh, and ninth loops.
With C-Division racing 10 rounds on Saturday, skipper Muhleman and crew Arsenault steered MIT to strong finishes in the early jousts, placing second, third, and first among the opening four tilts. However, the duo was stung by several sub-par marks in the crucial middle races.
Overall, MIT beat out rivals Boston University and Harvard University, which finished ninth and 15th, respectively. Yale University won the event with a score of 174.