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Engineers Qualify for X-C Nationals

By Josh Feldman
Team Member

Last Saturday the men's cross country team conquered a tough 5-mile course at the University of Southern Maine, and earned the right to represent New England in the 1994 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Cross Country Championships.

The team placed second over 30 other schools and will attend this year's cross-country nationals at Lehigh University on Saturday. MIT ran an intelligent race from the start.

Ethan Crain '95 and Jesse Darley '95 took the early lead, while the rest of the team ran a conservative first mile. The team's patience paid off as Arnold Seto '96, Dan Helgesen '97, and Josh Feldman '97 passed 30 people during the second mile.

By the end of the third mile, MIT just about secured its national berth as Crain and Darley stayed in the lead pack, while the other runners continued to gain on the opposition.

Neither a tough fourth mile nor the windy conditions could slow the team down, as the Engineers cruised in to a second place team showing at the meet.

Individually, Crain and Darley finished third and fourth respectively out of a field of over 200, while Helgesen, Seto and Feldman finished 21st, 25th, and 26th. This gave the Engineers 79 points, well ahead of third-place Brandeis University, which scored 164. Williams College scored 33 points to win the meet.

This will be the Engineers' first trip to nationals in over four years. Running for MIT at nationals will be Crain, Darley, Helgesen, Seto, Feldman, along with Mark Feldmeier '96 and Tye Schlegelmilch '98. At nationals the team will strive for a top five team finish, while Crain and Darley will both fight for the individual honors.