Runners Takes 3rd, 4th at InvitationalBy Josh Feldman
Last Saturday the men's cross country team traveled to Syracuse, N.Y., to compete in the 45th annual LeMoyne College Cross Country Invitational. The junior varsity team placed fourth in the race, while the varsity team placed third.
The 5.1 mile course had a lot of hills and sharp turns, which made the course a true cross country challenge.
The junior varsity race was held first, and Eric Nickolson '98 led the way to the fourth place finish as he came in 14th place, with a time of 29 minutes 15 seconds. Mark Feldmeier '96, having his best race of the season, crossed the finish line just a few seconds later. Tarik Saleh '95 headed the next pack with a time of 29:59, while Sohail Hussain '98 came in at 30:02.
The weather, while cold and drizzly for the junior varsity race, got much worse when the varsity team competed, as the course turned into mud. The varsity team took third place, beating the team sent by Cornell University.
Ethan Crain '95 finished second overall, with a time of 26:16. Jesse Darley '95 ended up in fifth place, just 19 seconds behind Crain. Dan Helgasen '97 came in third for the team after running a strong last two miles.
The varsity team only lost to the Rochester Institute of Technology and Williams College, two teams ranked in the top five of the country for Division III schools.
Coach Halston Taylor said that all in all "it is obvious that the entire team improved." However, he noted that a few runners went out too quickly and were impatient during the first mile of the race.
Next up for the team is the All New England meet in two weeks, which will be held at Franklin Park, MIT's home course. This meet should draw in several Division I schools from the area, including Harvard University, Boston University, and Boston College. In addition, it will give the team another chance to defeat Williams College, who will also attend the meet.
The Engineers are ranked 12th in the most recent National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. III weekly poll, according to Sports Information Director Roger Crosley.