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Men’s Cross-Country Drops Meet to Alumni

By Edward A. Keehr

On a day so hot and humid that most people would cower in their comfy, air-conditioned homes, the men’s varsity cross country team braved the oppressive outdoor heat at Franklin Park to take on the greats of MIT’s past at their annual alumni race.

From the very beginning, Daniel R. Feldman ’02 took a commanding lead over the Alumni frontrunners, who included All-American Ethan Crain ’95, national qualifiers Terry McNatt ’87 and Arnold Seto ’96, and Jim Garcia ’80 and Josh Feldman ’96. Deciding early on that Feldman ’02 would be too fast to catch in any situation, the Alumni settled into a tight group, running about ten seconds behind him. Past the two mile mark, the Alumni group began to separate.

Benefitting from their high summer mileage, Edward A. Keehr ’01 and Liyan Guo ’01 were able to break into the Alumni pack, blasting by Garcia and Feldman.

Meanwhile, Phillip J. Loiselle ’01, Christopher S. McGuire ’00, and Frank Johnson ’00 moved to strike against Josh Feldman, whom they eventually passed.

At the end of the race, Daniel Feldman emerged as the victor with a whopping 30 second lead. Also, the supporting cast of varsity runners was able to gain ground on the Alumni over the last two miles of the race with a valiant effort.

However, it was not to be a victory for the varsity men this year, as the trio of Crain, McNatt, and Seto finished 2-3-4, clinching a narrow win for the Alumni, 26-29.

In addition to the top runners on the varsity squad, freshmen Sean Nolan ’03, Chris Testa ’03, and Albert Liu ’03 turned in impressive times for their first 5 mile race.

Overall, the varsity men turned in a solid performance, but will have to improve in order to take on the tougher opponents that they will face in the coming weeks. This Saturday, they travel to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the annual Engineer’s Cup meet.