Crain's School Record Leads Harriers to 9th in NEIAAABy Arnold Seto
The men's cross-country team tested its mettle against New England's best runners Friday. The All New England (NEIAAA) Championship meet included many Division I schools, such as Boston University, Boston College, and nationally-ranked Dartmouth College, along with Division II and III colleges, such as MIT.
Faced with such competition, the MIT team performed extremely well, placing ninth out of 31 schools. The Engineers defeated Div. I Northeastern University and most of their Div. III rivals, but lost to fifth-place Williams College.
It was a perfect day for running, and five out of the top six team members took the opportunity to set personal records. Ethan Crain '95 led the way, breaking his own school record in a blazing 24 minutes, 40 seconds, a pace equivalent to a 4:45 mile. Crain placed seventh overall, passing many runners in an amazing sprint to the finish.
Jesse Darley '95 finished 17th overall (25:08) after a strong race near the front pack. Arnold Seto '96, Dan Helgesen '97 (26:20), Carl Munkelwitz '95 (26:41), and Josh Feldman '97 (26:44) held together and supported one another in the huge throng of runners, leading to four personal records and an excellent placing for the team.
In the junior varsity race (disingenuously called sub-varsity by the meet organizers), MIT finished 11th out of 17 schools.
Mark Feldmeier '96 had his best meet so far this season, finishing 34th in 27:33. The JV team members also broke several personal records, including an amazing two minute improvement by Rick Thompson '98 (28:24).
This Saturday, the Constitution Athletic Conference Championships will be hosted by MIT at Franklin Park. Anyone interested in watching the meet or assisting in its operation should contact Coach Halston Taylor.