MIT wins Engineer's Cup
By Dev P. Sinha
Last Saturday, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's home course in Saratoga, NY, the 24-member MIT men's cross country team renewed its tradition of bringing home the Engineer's cup, a trophy awarded to the winner of the yearly meet between Worcester Polytechnic Institute, RPI and MIT.
In a race that coach Halston W. Taylor termed "not even close," MIT placed eight men in the meet's top 11 and scored 24 points to RPI's 35 and WPI's 83 (lowest total score wins). First for MIT was Jerry E. Pratt '94 (2nd overall) in 27:31. Following Pratt were Ethan A. Crain '95 (3rd) in 27:34, Carlos I. Duran '94 (4th) in 27:35, David T. Moyle '94 (7th) in 27:56 and Jesse C. Darley '95 (8th) in 28:12.
The win brings the cup home for the first time in four years. MIT has won this meet 16 out of the 29 times that it has been run, winning every year from 1983 to 1988. During those years, the cross-country program was consistently among the nation's top 10. Saturday's win is hopefully a sign that such good times will return; note that the top five are all freshmen and sophomores. With freshmen continuing to improve and some veterans regaining their form, MIT will be a contender in New England Division III cross country.
The team will get a chance this week to gauge its strength at the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth College invitational, where many New England Div. III schools will be running on Saturday.
Dev P. Sinha '93 is a member of the men's cross country team.