Math team wins Golden Mallet in croquet grudge match
[Note: This recap was written by mathematics professor John H. Wilson.]
DANVILLE, KYAll the signs were positive and the angles were right last Thursday, as the team representing the Centre College mathematics program defeated the chemistry team in the 10th annual Math vs. Chemistry croquet match. The Golden Mallet will remain in the math trophy case for yet another year.
Senior mallet men Sam McChord and Spencer Clark differentiated themselves from the rest of the group by taking first-place honors on both courts. When chemistry newcomer Eric Russell was edged out by freshman phenom Leah Campbell for second place on court one, there was tremendous pressure on the remaining chemistry team members. With Joe Yeager and Bryce Meredith finishing fourth and fifth on the first court, the chemists would have to finish second, third, and fourth on the second court just to force a playoff.
After the arrival of Professor Preston Miles as chief strategist, the chemistry team made a strong positive charge for the finish with Josh Abbott and Benjamin Gowen pegging out second and third. But the charge was repelled and the math victory assured by the superior teamwork of Joe Griggs and Josh Qualls allowing Griggs to finish just ahead of chemistry team member Megan Dailey.
In recent years the math team has dominated this competition, winning four out of the last five contests. The only math defeat came in a highly contested playoff after a tie match in 2003.
The graduation of senior leaders McChord and Clark will definitely leave a gap on the math team. But sophomore Josh Qualls, and the first-year trio of Leah Campbell, Rachel Stamper, and Joe Griggs look forward to being an integral part of a next year's team as they go for the first ever three-peat in the series.
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