Men climb to second in tough field
By Dev P. Sinha
This past Saturday at the Middlesex Fells in Medford, the men's cross-country team continued its winning ways. This meet against Tufts University, the University of New Hampshire and Bates College was expected to be very competitive as MIT, Tufts and Bates are all in the New England Div. III top ten, and UNH is a Div. I school. When the dust settled, MIT emerged with 48 points, second only to Bates' 25.
David T. Moyle '94, first for the engineers, finished the tough course in 26:49. Following closely behind were Jerry E. Pratt '94, captain Peter J. Ronco '92,
Ethan A. Crain '95 and Jesse C. Darley '95. Other performances of note came from David M. Brann '94 and Elliott J. Mason III '94. Only 26 seconds separated MIT's first and fifth runners; such a small difference is the mark of a good team. With such a small "delta," in Coach Halston Taylor's terminology, a team can improve quickly. Only a 30-second drop in time per man would have been required to beat Bates, whose team is ranked 17th in the nation.
The meet was the last dual-type meet for the team, which compiled a final record of 4-1,
counting this meet and the Engineer's Cup. The remainder of the season will be invitationals and conference championships, all leading up to New England Div. III qualifiers in mid-November. This weekend, the team will be traveling to Syracuse, NY, to run in the Lemoyne Invitational, a key meet in the season. At Lemoyne will be the team from the Rochester Institute of Technology which is ranked seventh in the nation, giving the Engineers another opportunity to prove itself against tough competition.
Dev P. Sinha '93 is a member of the men's cross country team.