Men’s X-C Collects Engineer’s CupBy Michael Navarro
In an impressive win last Saturday at Franklin Park, the MIT men’s cross country team simply outran the competition. Boasting five of the top six finishers, the MIT squad easily secured the Engineer’s Cup over RPI and WPI, 16-45.
Despite the sweltering Boston heat, senior captain Sean P. Nolan ’03 and sophomore Benjamin A. Schmeckpeper ’05 recorded top performances. Nolan, called “Wigwam” by his teammates, won with a time of 25:57, while Schmeckpeper was the meet’s runner-up at 26:23. Stephen K. Maltas ’06, Brian C. Anderson ’04, Craig B. Wildman ’04, and Carlos A. Renjifo ’04, finished 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th respectively for MIT.
The rest of MIT’s runners also ran tough through the grueling, 5-mile course. Wildman is still recovering from an ankle sprain after being tripped up by a pair of railroad tracks, but should be healthy by this Saturday.
Coach Halston Taylor was pleased with the team’s performance, but still saw room for improvement.
“I was proud of how well our guys fought, but we have some areas that we need to work on,” Taylor said. “What I saw on Saturday reflects poor weather conditions and a hard week of practice.” Taylor believes the team can run faster.
MIT stands 2-0 on the season after winning the alumni meet and the Engineers Cup but will face much stiffer competition this weekend. The team will travel to St. Olaf College in Minnesota to preview the course for the NCAA Championships. There, MIT will be running against some of the best teams in the country, including two top-10 teams: #2 North Central College (IL) and #8 St. Thomas (MN).
“This will be an excellent chance to gauge where we are as a team. We haven’t gotten a lot of respect so far,” Taylor said.