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Cross country places fourth

By Pete Ronco

and Dev Sinha

Precisely one year ago, the men's cross-country team ran the Southeastern Massachusetts University Invitational and placed in the bottom half. Things have changed. The MIT team this past Saturday placed fourth in the event -- now renamed the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth Invitational -- a mere four points behind the third place host school. More than 15 teams participated.

The key to this turnaround, besides an increase in the size of the team, is mileage. Last year at this point in the season, even though the best runners were doing over 70 miles a week, the team was averaging only 45 miles per week. This past week, the team averaged 65 miles, with the top runners over 80 miles.

Jerry E. Pratt '94, who received honors for placing in the top 15 finishers, led the team for the second week in a row. Another strong performance was turned in by David T. Moyle '94, who ran the first mile in a blazing 4 minutes 57 seconds. John H. Noland '95 continued to improve his place on the team moving from seventh man last week to varsity's fourth man this week.

The overall fourth man was captain Peter J. Ronco '92, who was running near the front of the junior varsity race. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Eric G. Olson '95, Elliot J. Mason III '94, Rajesh Suryadevara '94 and Giang V. Lam '94. This group keyed the JV team's second place finish.

The team was using this meet to gauge its place in New England and was pleased to finish near the top. There is much work to be done, though, as there is only one team from New England going to the Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, and pre-season favorite Brandeis University finished a strong first.

Coach Halston W. Taylor predicted, "Brandeis isn't going to get any better. We're young and each man should improve a minute, so we'll see what happens."

The team runs against Tufts University, the University of New Hampshire and Bates College at Tufts next week. Tufts, a perennial rival, did not finish very far behind at the UMass/Dartmouth Invitational and will be looking for revenge.

Peter Ronco '92 and Dev Sinha '93 are members of the men's cross country team.

Results (Name, Year, Place, Time)

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Jerry Pratt '94, 13, 26:17

David Moyle '94, 21, 26:25

Ethan Crain '95, 27, 26:38

Peter Ronco '92, 6-JV, 26:57

John Noland '95, 44, 27:08

Jesse Darley '95, 45, 27:11

Greg Torluemke '95, 48, 27:14

Carlos Duran '94, 49, 27:15

Eric Olson '95, 11-JV, 27:22

Raj Suryadevara '94, 13-JV, 27:34

Rob Casadonte '94, 16-JV, 27:41

Giang Lam '94, 22-JV, 28:06

Jon Claman '93, 70, 28:08

David Brann '94, 27-JV, 28:18

Carl Munklewitz '95, 28-JV, 28:18

Matt Libby '95, 30-JV, 28:19

Elliot Mason '94, 40-JV, 28:36

Jessie Hull '95, 44-JV, 28:43

Scott Keller '95, 45-JV, 28:44

David Winter '93, 48-JV, 28:46

Ed Tau '95, 51-JV, 29:00

Yeh-Jun Tung '95, 58-JV, 29:13

Steve Luperchio '95, 92-JV, 33:29

Pablo Castro '95, 95-JV, 34:57

JV denotes place in the Junior Varsity race

Ronco: 225-9438, Sinha: 437-7795

(one Tufts runner was overheard commenting that MIT must be a strong team because our 'last year's number one man on varsity is running JV now').(see complete results below).