Runners Capture Keene Meet, Beat Two Strong Div. II TeamsBy Arnold Seto
The men's cross country team once again demonstrated its ability and patience, this time in the Keene State College Invitational in Keene, N.H.
Running against two of the best Division II schools in the region, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Keene State, the Engineers won the meet handily by scoring only 23 points.
Set on a flat, grassy course, the race started at a very fast pace. Despite this, Ethan Crain '95 and Jesse Darley '95 quickly seized the lead and never relinquished it. Crain finished in a grass-blazing 24 minutes, 42 seconds, and Darley finished soon after in 25:09. Both were significantly ahead of everyone else in the race.
The Lowell and Keene State competitors soon fell behind, having started at a pace that few could maintain. Burned by their own anxiousness, many of them were passed by MIT's chase group of Josh Feldman '97, Arnold Seto '96, and Dan Helgesen '97.
The Engineers wisely ran patiently in the first mile and were thus able to run a more even-paced race. Feldman finished sixth overall in 26:21, Seto was seventh in 26:32, and Helgesen was 10th in 26:54. Mark Feldmier '96 was right behind, coming in 16th place with a time of 27:19.
This was the last meet for the majority of the team, as only the top seven runners from each school are allowed to run in the New England Division III Championships next Saturday. That meet serves as the qualifying meet for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Nationals, with the top two teams and top six individuals from New England given bids to travel to nationals.
At the qualifiers, MIT will have to face an extremely strong team from Williams College and a good team from Brandeis University that is hot on its heels. However, if the team continues to perform as they have, the national berth should be secured.