BOSTON, Mass. - After having not competed last weekend, #4 MIT men's cross country team returned to the trail to compete in the NEICAAA Championships that took place at Franklin Park on a crisp, chilly Saturday afternoon. Tech finished in ninth place with 273 points, behind Tufts University in eighth with 269 points and Yale University in 10th with 305. MIT improved on its 13th place finish from last year's championships.
Completely the course first for the Engineers was senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.), who finished in 15th out of the 279 competitors with his time of 24:54. For finishing in third place at the Purple Valley Classic two weekends ago, Wedge was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Week.
Next to finish the race were juniors Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) and Benji Xie (Eldorado Hills, Calif.), who came in 43rd and 45th place with times of 25:27 and 25:28 respectively. Sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) came in 74th in 25:48 and senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) rounded out the top 100 finishers in 96th place with a 25:59.
In the men's sub-varsity race, junior Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) made his season debut with a seventh place finish with a time of 26:03, helping Tech to place sixth out of 20 teams with 172 points. Senior Eric Safai (Los Altos, Calif.) placed 36th in 26:36, freshmen Matt McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) and Brian Gilligan (Framingham, Mass.) came in 48th and 50th with times of 26:46 and 26:50 respectively. Senior Jay McKenna (Hilliard, Ohio) rounded out the scoring by coming in 64th place with a 27:03.
MIT will not compete until Sunday, Nov. 3 when it returns to Franklin Park for the NEWMAC Championships. The Engineers will be looking to capture their 16th consecutive conference title, one for every year that MIT has been part of the league.