Runners Defeat AlumniBy Arnold Seto
In their first race of the year, the men's cross country team defeated the MIT alumni, 17 to 42 last Saturday. This pre-season contest gave team members and alumni a chance to meet each other and test their summer training. Nineteen team members and five alumni competed on the grassy 5 mile route at Franklin Park, MIT's home course.
The Engineers demonstrated their great potential with some strong performances. Top honors went to Ethan Crain '95, who sped through the course in 26 minutes, 19 seconds, a 5:16 per mile pace. Crain, who won the 1500-meter event in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. III track championships last spring, is expected to lead the Engineers to a successful season. In second place was Jesse Darley '95, a Cross Country All-American in 1993. Darley completed the course in 26:32.
Karl Munkelwitz '95 and Rich Huang '97 also recorded excellent performances. Both broke their personal records, running 27:53 and 31:29 respectively. Joel Ford '98 was the first freshman, placing eighth within the team and running the course in 29:29.
The Alumni competed well. Terry Mcnatt '87 was the first alumnus, placing fourth overall in 27:17. Sumner Brown, competing against men less than half his age, came in ninth after running the course in 28:33. Bill Singhose G, former All-American in the decathlon, graciously accepted an invitation to compete outside of his specialty and ran well.
Based on Saturday's results and those from last year, the cross country team has a very good chance of securing one of two national championship berths available to the New England region. Beyond that, the team could potentially place in the top 10 at nationals.
By a coaches poll, MIT is currently ranked 14th in the nation among Div. III schools. Their main competition this season will come from Williams College, ranked fourth in the nation, and Brandeis University, ranked 20th. However, hopes are high that with hard work in training and presence of mind in racing, the cross country team will succeed in reaching its goals for this season.