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Cross Country Team Seeks Title

By Carlos Duran
team captain

This weekend the men's cross country team is looking for its second consecutive Constitution Conference title. The race, which is set for 11:30 a.m. at Babson tomorrow, is bound to be a showdown. Two weekends ago on the same course, MIT was upset by two New England Division III teams, Coast Guard and Bentley. MIT is now out to set the record straight.

This year's team is one of the best in years. Leading the team are Ethan Crain '95 and Jesse Darley '95, last year's superfrosh, David Moyle '94, and Jerry Pratt '94. Sameer Raheja '96, this year's top freshman, rounds out the top five, and he is followed by a strong group from all the classes.

This year's team has enjoyed many successes. Back in September, MIT won the Engineer's Cup for the second consecutive year, trouncing RPI and WPI. A few weeks later in a quadrangular meet, MIT nearly beat Division I New Hamsphire, who escaped with a marginal victory. Just three weeks ago, MIT varsity made an impressive showing at the Lemoyne Invitational, finishing third. At that meet, MIT junior varsity took the team title for the second year in a row.

Then MIT suffered its first setback of the season at Babson. The race started out well, with the top three runners in the lead pack. It seemed as if MIT was going to rout the other teams. After the second mile, however, things changed. It seemed as though the slow pace of the race had sucked the top pack back in. MIT's top three maintained their positions in the top six, but behind them the number four and five guys were back in the pack, and victory slipped out of MIT's grasp.

In this up and down season, which has seen the loss of the team captain and a good freshman to season-ending injuries, MIT remains a top contender for the New England Division III championship. The team will need extra determination, desire, and confidence, starting with this weekend's Constitution Conference Championship.