Crain Leads Harriers To New York VictoryBy Matthew B. Debski
The men's cross country team placed first among eight teams at the Lemoyne College Invitational last Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y., it's first away meet this season. Despite rain that made the challenging course muddy and slick, both the varsity and junior varsity teams placed first in their meets.
Varsity runner Ethan A. Crain '96 won the invitational with a time of 27:29, followed by the tight group of Arnold H.Seto '96 (28:20), Daniel S. Hegelsen '97 (28:25), Michael A. Parkins '99 (28:27), and Joshua D. Feldman '98 (28:31). These runners combined to score the lowest possible number points for five runners, 15, beating second place Lemoyne, which scored a 63. Also running for varsity were James W. Berry '99 (28:43) and Christopher H.Schell '96 (29:17), marking Schell's first appearance in the team's top seven.
The junior varsity runners had to run in the varsity race because of a shortage of entrants. Nevertheless, several did well, placing ahead of varsity runners from other teams. Notable performances include Richard Rosalez '98 (29:21), LeifSee '99 (29:27), Sohail N. Husain '98 (29:29), and Omar A. Saleh '97 (29:40).
Coach Halston W. Taylor attributed the success to the top runners' adherence to the team's planned racing strategy. Although the team has been using the strategy all along, it was best implemented at the Lemoyne meet, he said.
The team next races today at the All-New England Championships. The performance will indicate how the team will place nationally, and will give the harriers their toughest competition to date, Taylor said. The varsity race is at 1:30 p.m. at MIT's home course, Franklin Park; junior varsity is at 2:30 p.m.