Darley, Moyle Lead MIT to VictoryBy Rob Casadonte
Jesss Darley '95 continued his dominance of the New England cross country scene by shattering the Babson Invitational course record by 18 seconds, winning the race with a time of 26 minutes, 8 seconds for the 5-mile course.
Darley and David Moyle '94 broke away from the other 110 runners early in the race and completely destroyed the competition. Moyle finished second to Darley even though he had also tied the previous course record of 26:26 set by Ethan Crain last fall. Raj Suryadevara '94 (27:20), Arnold Seto '96 (27:24), Dan Helgesen '97 (27:29), Josh Feldman '97 (27:30), and Rob Casadonte '94 (27:46) rounded out the varsity team, finishing 15th, 19th, 24th, 26th, and 32nd respectively.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy beat the Beavers 43 to 61 for the team title, with Tufts finishing third in the 17-team meet. The course was narrow from the start and MIT started rather conservatively being in fourth or fifth place after the first mile. Then the Tech Harriers gradually moved past scores of other competitors, and eventually finished second--unable to overcome Coast Guard's advantage from the first mile.
In the junior varsity race, MIT runners dominated completely from start to finish. Gerardo Corona '97 (27:55) battled in the lead with a Tufts runner for the entire five miles before losing in the final sprint. Carlos Duran '94 (28:14), Chuck Curtis '95 (28:35), Dave Brann '94 (28:40) were all in the top 10. Also racing particularly well for the JV Beavers were Tim Delfaus '97 and Zoltan Maliga '97
Though the team ran well, the Engineers had expected more, and are eagerly awaiting the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships (which the team has never lost!) on Oct. 23 on Coast Guard's home course.