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Cross Country Opens Strong against Alumni

By James W. Berry and Joshua D. Feldman
Team Members

The cross country team opened their season Saturday with a strong finish against their alumni.

The team took nine of the top ten places in Saturday's eight kilometer race in Franklin Park. However, MIT finished with a score of 18 points, as the alumni finished with an estimated score of 45. The sum of the top five finishers determine the teams final score.

Perfect running conditions and a fast course led to fast times by nearly every team member. All-American Ethan A. Crain '96 won the race unchallenged, setting a new course record with a time of 25:53.

Daniel S. Helgesen '97, Arnold H. Seto '96 and Michael A. Parkins '99 were in constant battle with alumnus James G. Garcia '80 for nearly the entire race. Helgesen nipped Garcia at the finish line, with Seto and Parkins finishing closely behind. Joshua D. Feldman '97 and James W. Berry '99 led the next pack of runners, followed by freshmen Matthew B. Debski '99 and Leif Seed '99.

MIT had six runners under 27 minutes, more than at any other time during the last two seasons. The freshman class had more runners in the top ten than any other class.

Coach Halston Taylor said he was "pleased with most all aspects of the race." He added that, although the team did not work well together, he particularly liked the level of concentration shown.

Next week, the Beavers will defend the Engineer's Cup at home against RPI and WPI. The week after that they will face New England rivals Tufts, Bates and Bentley. Last year, the team placed 10th at the NCAA Division III championships.