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Runners Blaze to Win 2nd in N.Y.

By Rob Casadonte
and David Moyle

Team Members

The men's cross country team finished a strong second to Williams College in the 13-team LeMoyne Invitational in Syracuse, N.Y. Saturday. The team was led by a blazing Jesse Darley '95 who set an MIT course record by 21 seconds and remained undefeated against New England runners.

Darley and two others broke from the pack after two miles, and Darley finished second behind a runner from St. Lawrence University. He covered the course in a stunning 26 minutes, 27 seconds.

In the final scoring Williams edged out MIT, 44-58. Other schools were: St. Lawrence 59, SUNY-Geneseo 101, and St. Rose 130.

Behind Darley, David Moyle '94 (27:14), Jerry Pratt '94 (27:28), Raj Suryadevara '94 (27:41), and Arnold Seto '96 (27:55) rounded out the top five scorers for the Beavers, placing seventh, 11th, 16th, and 22nd in a field of 85 runners. Tarik Saleh '95 and Dan Hegelson '97 also raced strongly for the varsity, placing 29th and 46th respectively.

The course was hilly and slick because of overnight rain, so MIT started conservatively in the middle of the pack. Then the Tech runners surged with great strength over the final two torturous miles. MIT runners blew past numerous other competitors who folded by the wayside as the Beavers roared past.

In the junior varsity race, MIT also placed second to Williams College, though the JV harriers had hoped to defend their 1992 team championship. Rob Casadonte '94 (28:06) and Josh Feldman '97 (28:41) raced particularly well in this race, finishing second and fifth among the 60 runners. The top three JV team scores were Williams 32, MIT 43, and St. Lawrence 73.

The team now looks ahead to the Babson Invitational and defending its 1992 conference championship in the coming weeks, as well as a rematch against Williams.