Men's cross country places fifth at LeMoyne
By David Afshartous
and Jon Gladstone
The men's cross country team performed respectably at the 40th Annual LeMoyne College Invitational, finishing in fifth place. The Engineers were the only Massachusetts team competing with 10 New York teams at the event, which was held on Saturday in Syracuse.
Saint Lawrence University won the team title with a score of 31 points. It was followed by Rochester Institute of Technology, Niagara University, and Geneseo College. MIT scored 128 points.
Leading the way for the Engineers was fifth-year-man Sean Kelley striding to a 17th place finish in 26:56 on the hilly five-mile course. Kelley missed the Beavers' last competition due to injury, but appears to be on the road to recovery. Right on Kelley's heels was Jon Gladstone '92. Next was Dave Afshartous G in 21st with a time of 27:07. James Williams '91 continued his consistent running with a solid 30th place showing in 27:24.
Perhaps the greatest surprise of the afternoon came from freshman Dev Sinha. Sinha placed fifth on the varsity, finishing 41st with a personal best time of 28:04.
Although the team did not place as well as anticipated, some positive signs were evident. The closeness of the top four runners indicates that the Engineers have the potential to be among the top teams in New England. The basic needs of the team are to concentrate more on running together as a team and using each other as a benefit. Once the team accomplishes this, they should be in the hunt for a bid to Nationals.
MIT's next scheduled meet is on Oct. 21 against the Judges of Tufts University in Medford. Tufts finished ahead of MIT at the SMU Invitational earlier in the season, and the Engineers will be looking to avenge the loss.
(Dave Afshartous G and Jon Gladstone '92 are members of the men's cross country team)