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Cross country fifth at Yale meet

By David Afshartous

and Jonathan Gladstone

While MIT did not place well against four Division I teams at Saturday's Yale Invitational Cross-Country Meet, the high quality of the competition did help prepare the Engineers for their New England Division III rivals.

Dartmouth, which finished in the top five in the country in each of the past two years, won handily with a team total of 22 points. Western Ontario, one of the top Canadian schools, finished a solid second with 50 points. MIT, with a good team performance, missed overtaking University of Rhode Island by 27 points, 90 to 117. The Engineers finished fifth. The other team competing at the meet was Yale.

Leading the way for MIT was Jim Garcia G with an excellent 11th place showing, clocking 23:34 over the rolling 4.5 mile course. Next came Sean Kelley '90 as he scooted his way to 23rd place, followed by Dave Afshartous G in 26th place. James Williams notched yet another fine performance in taking 31st. Off from the injured reserve roster was Ted Manning G in 33rd place. The race was Manning's first of the season, due to his problems with leg ailments.

MIT faces the Jumbos of Tufts this Saturday. The Engineers will look for help from Mike Piepegerdes '92 and Jon Gladstone '92 to complete a strong team performance versus Tufts, which MIT has not beaten in cross country since 1987.

(David Afshartous G and Jon Gladstone '92 are members of the men's cross country team.)