Men's X-country 4th at ECAC
By Peter Ronco
and Dev Sinha
The men's cross country team faces the New England Division III qualifiers this weekend, one week after the Engineers' fourth-place finish at the East Coast Athletic Conference Championships at SUNY Binghamton.
Despite injuries to key runners, MIT came behind only Middlebury College, the Rochester Institute of Technology (two nationally ranked teams) and Williams College in a field of 24. Ethan Crain '95 lead the Engineers, placing twelfth overall, followed by David Moyle '94. Both received individual honors for placing among the top 15 finishers. Captain Pete Ronco '92 had perhaps his best performance of the year, finishing 22nd overall. These runners, along with Jesse Darley '95, Jerry Pratt '94, Carlos Duran '94 and Jon Claman '93, will represent MIT at the qualifiers tomorrow.
The Engineers ran last week's meet in much the same manner as previous meets: Starting in the middle of the pack, the lead MIT runners began to move to the front after the first mile. Darley and Duran's absence from the previous two meets have hampered this effort.
The team has its work cut out for it at this week's qualifiers, held in Gorham, Maine. Even with strong individual performances, the distance between the first and fifth men must decrease if MIT is to beat Brandeis University, the favorite going into the race. As only one team from New England advances to the championships, the race with Brandeis is all-or-nothing. Brandeis has defeated MIT twice this year, but the margin of victory has diminished. With an MIT performance such as the one the team had three weeks ago at the Constitution Athletic Conference Championships, Brandeis could be very vulnerable.
Peter Ronco '92 and Dev Sinha '93 are members of the men's cross country team.