Men’s Cross Country Wins Purple Valley Classic

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A balanced performance, with five runners in the top 30, helped lead the MIT men's cross country team to victory at the Purple Valley Classic, hosted by Williams College, on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers, who are ranked fourth in New England in the latest USTFCCCA poll, finished with the same point total as Keene State, but earned the meet title based on the finish of their sixth-best harrier.

Paul Welle was the first through the chute for the Cardinal and Gray, finishing in 26:41 and in ninth place. Stephen Serene's time of 26:48 on the eight-kilometer course was good for 14th overall. Roy Wedge (26:52) was two places behind Serene.

Richard Prevost (27:08) outkicked a pair of Division I runners from Boston College to finish in 24th place. Dan Harper rounded out the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray with a 27th-place effort thanks to his time of 27:10.

After taking a week off, Tech will return to action in the NEICAAA Championship on Saturday, October 9. The Engineers will face off against the top teams in New England from across all three divisions in the meet, which will be run at Franklin Park, beginning at 12:00 p.m.