October 27, 2012

MIT Men's Cross Country Captures 15th Consecutive NEWMAC Title

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.  - MIT men's cross country, which is now ranked sixth in New England, captured its 15th consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship title on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers have won every year since the inception of the conference in 1998. With 33 points, they edged out last year's runner-up Springfield with 44 points and WPI, who moved up two places from last year, with 89. The Engineers' highest finisher was junior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.), who finished in fourth place with a time of 26:02.28 in the 8k run and he was followed soon after by senior Benjamin Mattocks (Sharon, Mass.) in fifth with a 26:08.01.

Junior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) crossed the line with a time of 26:21.41 in seventh place, a few seconds behind Ryan Moran of WPI. Breaking the tape soon after was sophomore Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.), freshmen Ian Tolan (Binghamton, N.Y.) and Edgar Gridello (Douvainer, France), and sophomore Matthew Jordan (Matthews, N.C.), all within seven seconds of each other, taking places eight through 11. Tolan received NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors for his ninth place finish.

Following soon after Jordan and narrowly behind Zach Pietras of Springfield, sophomore Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), who was last year's NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, broke the tape in 13th position with a time of 26:30.34. Senior Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.) finished less than a second later (26:31.05) in 14th place. Wrapping up the top 20 runners was sophomore Ricardo Paez (Ontario, Calif.) in 18th place with a time of 27:04.74.

The Engineers will continue with their season in two weeks at the New England Regional Championship on November 10.