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Crain Sets MIT Record at NE Championships

By Carlos Duran
Team Captain

Last weekend at the All-New England Championships, Ethan Crain `95 had the fastest 5-mile run ever by an MIT student. His time of 24:52 beat Rod Hinman's mark of 25:06. MIT placed 11th in the meet overall, with three runners breaking the 26:00 mark.

Crain's run made him the 12th finisher at the event, which Boston College won.

Friday's race conditions were excellent. It was cool, dry, and the wind was calm. When the gun went off, over 200 runners took off, and by the first mile, the lead pack had established its position. Crain was in the top 25 at the first mile mark, with Jesse Darley `95 and David Moyle `94 close behind.

As the race progressed, the distance separating MIT's top 7 grew, and while this may be somewhat attributable to the size of the race, Crain was pouring on a crushing pace with some of the finest runners in Division I.

Down the final stretch, Crain put on a great sprint and went from 18th to 12th. Darley also put together an excellent race, finishing in 25:35, a personal best nearly 50 seconds below his previous mark. Moyle finished shortly after in 25:50, and Jerry Pratt `94 and Sameer Raheja `96 were 4th and 5th for MIT.

In their final race of the year, the JV team also fared well, with Jon Claman `93 and David Brann `94 finishing one and two for MIT. Claman's time was the 5th fastest MIT time of the day.

Overall, Coach Taylor was once again pleased with the team's performance, as he was able to record personal bests in his statistics.

This weekend MIT's final seven will compete in the ECAC championships in New York. This will be MIT's last chance to prepare for the national qualifiers, which come the following weekend in Maine. Coach Taylor hopes his 4th and 5th men will run closer to the top 3 at the ECAC so that the following weekend, they will be the team to beat.