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MIT Men's X-C Takes First at NEWMACs

By Sergio M. Navarro

TEAM MEMBER

The men’s cross country team cruised to their fifth straight NEWMAC title last Saturday at the Wellesley College golf course. The Engineers looked solid as they crushed their main contenders from Coast Guard Academy. MIT won by the score of 25 to 38.

Outstanding races by captain Sean P. Nolan ’03, Albert S. Liu ’03, and Eric A. Khatchadourian ’06 helped MIT negate the absence of key runner Stephen K. Maltas ’06. Nolan led the way for the Engineers, winning the race with a time of 26:10 and capturing Conference Most Valuable Runner honors. Nolan pulled away from Coast Guard’s lead runner, Ian Bartonicek, in the final stretch to claim victory.

Benjamin A. Schmeckpeper ’05 trailed close behind his teammate with a time of 26:38 and a third place finish, but never looked comfortable after the first two miles.

The pack of Liu, Khatchadourian, Carlos A. Renjifo ‘04, and Brian C. Anderson ’04, put the race away for MIT. Liu, who has made a remarkable comeback from a mid-season injury, looked solid on his way to finish fifth in 26:34. Khatchadourian claimed seventh for MIT with a time of 27:45 and came away with Conference Freshmen of the Year honors. Renjifo (27:52) and Anderson (28:02) hung with the pack and finished in ninth and 10th respectively. The frigid conditions and longer course kept times slow for the race.

George R. Hanson ’03 (28:41), Craig B. Wildman ’03 (28:44), David S. Gray ’06 (28:46), and Ian H. Driver ’05 (28:58) rounded out the rest of Tech’s attack.

MIT sees tough road to NCAAs

MIT is looking forward to the New England Regional Championships next Saturday at Westfield State, the qualifier meet for the Division III National Championship. MIT will meet a number of solid teams such as #5 Keene State, #8 Bowdoin College, and #14 Williams College. At #21, MIT will need strong performances to earn the right to run at Nationals.

“I’m sure our guys will be determined for this race,” said Coach Halston Taylor. “We’ll see who wants it the most on race day.”