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Running in Rain, Cross Country Team Places 7th in Invitational

By Jeremiah Cohen

On Saturday, Oct.15, the MIT cross country team traveled to New York to compete at the University of Albany Invitational. For the second week in a row, rain made race conditions difficult, and the course was filled with water and thick mud. Usually, these conditions would necessitate putting large metal spikes in the racing shoes for grip, but the long stretches of concrete on the course meant that spikes could not be used, which made for a slippery course.

In the varsity race, MIT’s star runner and two-time NEWMAC athlete of the week, Fivos G. Constantinou, ’06 dropped out late in the race in dramatic fashion because of a problem with his Achilles tendon.

Nevertheless, the engineers pulled through. Captain Eric A. Khatchadourian ’06 ran a fantastic race to place 11th overall and lead the engineers in a time of 25:18. Following Khatchadourian’s charge were Jacob J. Ruzevick ’09 (17th, 25:33), Kevin F. Brulois ’07 (20th, 25:38), Erik I. Stafl ’08 (66th, 26:31), and Trevor B. Rundell ’09 (96th, 26:58). The varsity Engineers placed seventh overall with a score of 210 and an average time of 26:00.

In the junior varsity race, Joseph D. Roy-Mayhew ’08 finished first among the MIT runners to claim 23rd place. Following Roy-Mayhew was Stephen K. Maltas ’06, who claimed 31st. Not far behind were freshman Nathaniel S. Sharpe ’09 (34th), Christian K. Repetski ’08 (40th), and Daniel M. Rodgers ’09 (45th).

Next week, the Engineers aim to claim a record eighth consecutive NEWMAC championship at Smith College.