MIT Men's Cross Countryu Team Dominates Babson InvitationalBy Ray Molnar
The men's cross country team continued to dominate their competition this past Saturday by defeating 26 teams in the Babson Invitational. The undefeated team won the meet with the low score of 58, well below the 83 points tallied by the nationally ranked Brandeis College team.
As early as the second mile of the five mile race, the Engineers showed that they were the team to beat. With Mike Parkins '99, Mark Strauss '01, and Dan Feldman '02 all in the first pack of six runners, it appeared that MIT had the decisive lead. The rest of the team was not far behind as they were all in the top 50 of the 200 person race.
Through the later miles, MIT runners only improved on their positions. Parkins and Strauss took the lead during the last mile and ended up fighting it out for first place. Parkins' experience pulled through for him as he passed Strauss in the final straightaway for the victory. Feldman also finished strong pulling out a sixth place finish in a talented pool of athletes.
The team's second pack also moved up in the later miles with Phil Loiselle '01 finishing strong in 20th place. Ed Keehr '01 rounded out the top five with an impressive 31st place finish. Chris McGuire '00, back from injury, and Frank Johnston '00 were not far behind, filling the other varsity spots with 36th and 42nd place finishes, respectively.
The junior varsity squad proved that MIT has one of the deepest teams in New England by matching the performance of the varsity team. Starting out strong and never looking back, they managed to win the race with a convincing 21 points, 27 ahead of second place Brandeis.
Sean Montgomery '01 and Liyan Guo '01 led the onslaught of Engineer runners. Not to be outdone though, Jose Esparza '02 and Jeff Billing '01 finished together in fourth and fifth places respectively. Rounding out the squad was Ray Molnar '00 in ninth, Albert Hung '01 in 11th, and Jack Favilukis '02 in 14th.
The Engineers travel to Dickenson College next week to battle fifth ranked Williams College.