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Cross Country Starts out with 23-15 Win At Annual Season Opener Against Alumni

By Christopher S. McGuire
Team Member

Men's cross country opened its season Saturday with its annual competition against its alumni. The current runners beat the alumni by a score of 2315, showing a promising season for the team.

The five-mile race at Franklin Park consisted of varied terrain, including a number of hills and sharp corners. The cloudy, cool day led to fast times. A lead pack developed early in the race, consisting of current runners Mike Parkins '99, Leif Seed '99, Arnold Seto G and alums Jesse Darley '95 and Ethan Crain '95. Close behind was the chase group of Dan Helgesen '97, Omar Saleh '97, Josh Feldman '97, and Chris McGuire '00. Several others showed strong performances, including Richard Rosalez '98, Frank Johnston '00, and Sohail Husain '97.

The race was won by Parkins in a quick 25:44, with Darley coming in a close second (25:47). The varsity scoring was rounded out by Seto (third) and Seed (fifth). The alums were aided by fast performances from Ethan Crain '96 (fourth in 25:59) and Sumner Brown, whose time of 27:58 is a goal that many current runners have.

Overall, the race showed the enormous talent that the team possesses. However, it will take a season of hard work and dedication to lead the team to a berth at nationals. The MIT harriers next race is Saturday at the Dartmouth Invite. There the team will face some of the top Division III schools in New England.