Cross country wins 5th place at meet
By Jonathan M. Gladstone
and David R. Afshartous
On Saturday, the MIT men's cross country team and 18 other New England Division III teams participated in the Southeastern Massachusetts University Invitational Meet at North Dartmouth. Conditions were less than optimal due to high winds and humidity. Nevertheless, the Beavers notched a solid performance with a fifth-place team showing.
Leading the way for MIT was 1500 meter All-American Mike Piepergerdes '92, who covered the five-mile course in a personal best time of 26:41, placing 10th overall. He was pleased to crack the top ten, earning himself an SMU Invitational polo shirt. Next for the Beavers was Dave Afshartous G, who placed 29th with a time of 27:17.
James Williams '91 was the third MIT finisher, coming off several minor injuries. Close behind him, Jon Gladstone '92 finished in 27:52 for 47th place. Rounding out the top five was Nathaniel Getrich '91.
Brandeis carried off the team title with an outstanding score of 49 points, placing two runners in the top three. Brown, Tufts, and SMU took the next three slots.
MIT was missing fifth-year man Sean Kelly, last year's number one runner, due to injury. Kelly is expected to come off injured reserve for the next meet.
Following the competition, Afshartous commented, "I was pleased with the overall team performance at this point in the season. I believe that if we can run as a team and work together, we definitely have the potential to be competitive at the National Qualifier Meet in November."
The Beavers travel to Syracuse for the LeMoyne Invitational on Oct. 7. Sean Kelly will be defending his individual title over the grueling five-mile course. The team hopes to improve upon last year's top-five finish.