Men’s X-Country Places 2nd at Twin MeetBy Imran Hendley
Men’s cross country achieved one of their season goals on Saturday by placing their top five within twenty-six seconds of one another. This was partly due to Ben A. Schmeckpeper ’05’s relatively slow time of 27:07, but even if he had run as fast as he did three weeks ago on the same course, MIT’s first-to-fifth-man gap would have been one minute, which is where they want to be.
Schmeckpeper arrived at the four-mile mark neck and neck with Joshua Kennedy of Tufts and two seconds ahead of where he was at the last Twin Brook Invitational. However, he didn’t show the same intensity over the final mile, finishing five seconds behind Kennedy for third place. Stan Pyle of Wheaton College won with a course record time of 26:22.
Brian C. Anderson ’04 came in second for MIT in 27:18, earning him eighth place overall and a t-shirt at the awards ceremony. Next was Eric A. Khatchadourian ’06, back at the top of his form with a 27:25 finish for 14th place. California native Kevin F. Brulois ’07, who is constantly complaining about the weather, showed up for the second time in a row without a shirt to put on after the race. However, this time he could not muster a top 12 finish to win one, and had to put up with the cold until the team could change into its nice clothes. Brulois finished 19th in 27:33. John A. Brewer ’05 was a step behind to round out the top five, and take 20th with an identical time.
MIT’s next four also ran solid races on the day. Chris J. Fidkowski G finished in 28:06 for 34th, Ian H. Driver ’05 was next in 28:12 for 36th, and then Spencer C. Dudley ’07 came in with 28:32 for 47th, followed by Kevin J. DiGenova ’07 with 28:43 for 53rd.
MIT finished with 64, behind Tuft’s first place of 37, but their cumulative time was only 45 seconds slower than that of Tufts, showing that MIT is comparable with the best in New England. MIT will look to defend its conference title in two weeks at the NEWMAC Championship, before returning to the Twin Brook course on November fifteenth for the New England Division III Cross Country Championships and a shot at qualifying for nationals.