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Runners Crush Competition in Conference Meet

By Josh Feldman
Team Member

On Saturday, MIT hosted the 1994 Constitution Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park, its home course. The Engineers nearly swept the race, as they cruised to victory in front of the home crowd.

The Engineers won with a score of 19 points, the lowest point total attained in meet history. The United States Coast Guard Academy, finished second with 51 points, and Babson came in third with 54 points.

Ethan Crain '95 and Jesse Darley '95 together led from the start of the race, while the rest of the team settled comfortably near the front of the lead pack. By the end of the first mile, Crain and Darley both had a huge lead over the rest of the competition, while MIT's second group waited patiently to make its move.

MIT's patience paid off, as they began to take control of the meet by the end of the third mile. The team's high mileage in practice, which on average is about 60 miles a week, showed its positive effects by the end of the race as MIT runners cruised past the lesser-conditioned runners of the opposing teams.

At the end of the race, Crain and Darley finished first and second respectively, far ahead of the third-place finisher.

Dan Helgesen '97 finished fourth, and Josh Feldman '97 finished a few seconds behind him to take fifth place.

These four team members were named to Constitution Athletic Conference's first team, while Arnold Seto '96 was named to CAC's second team for his seventh-place finish. Coach Halston Taylor received the CAC Coach of the Year award.

The Engineers, currently ranked 12th in the nation among Division III schools, will travel to New Hampshire this Saturday to face Division II powers Keene State College and University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

This will be the team's last chance at competition before the national qualifiers, which will be held at the University of Southern Maine this year. The New Hampshire race will also determine the team's seventh varsity member. A good showing in New Hampshire will put MIT in excellent position to qualify as a team for nationals.