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Men, at CAC, also place third

By Raj Rajesh

The men's cross-country team finished third in Saturday's championship meet of the newly-created Constitution Athletic Conference. The United States Coast Guard Academy scored 38 points to capture first place overall at Wellesley College's three-mile race course, while Babson College was second, with 44.

The Engineers fell victim to misfortune, as two of MIT's top runners took unfortunate wrong turns on the poorly-marked course.

James Williams '91 was leading decisively at the 4.5-mile point of the five-mile race, but took a wrong turn. By the time Williams corrected his error, he had lost his advantage, and finished only in seventh place, in a time of 27 minutes, 30 seconds.

Earlier in the race, at the 1.5-mile point, Nate Getrich '91 was misled by "Babson students not associated with the Babson cross-country team," and took a wrong turn, according to Getrich. Getrich finished 11th overall, in a time of 27:51.

Babson took the first two finishing spots, while Coast Guard grabbed the third through fifth spots. Finishing behind MIT were Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in fourth place (91 points) and Norwich College in fifth (101).

The Engineers were hurt by the loss of Peter Ronco '92, consistently a top performer, to an injury.

Other MIT finishers were Carlos Duran '94 in 14th (27:58), Jaime Scanlan '91 in 22nd (28:23), and Dave Winter '93 in 25th (28:48). The Engineers compete next week in the New England Championship, where they hope to avenge their loss to Coast Guard with the return of Ronco.

(Raj Rajesh '94 is a member of the men's cross-country team.)