Oct. 18, 2008
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 23 MIT men's cross country team finished first out of nine teams at Saturday's Plansky Invitational hosted by Williams College. The meet served as the Engineers' final tune-up before the NEWMAC championships in two weeks at Franklin Park.
Five Tech harriers finished in the top 11 to push the Cardinal and Gray past The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) by 14 points. Jake Ruzevick continued to show improvement after missing a few races earlier in the season, pacing the Engineers and finishing third overall with a time of 26:32. Paul Welle crossed the finish line directly behind him, just a second slower. Yermie Cohen was the third straight MIT runner through the chute, eight seconds behind Welle. For the first time this season, Hemagiri Arumugam (26:52) was not the fastest Tech runner, as his eighth place finish was good for fourth on the team. Trevor Rundell rounded out the scoring, placing 11th with a time of 27:01.
Christopher Guerriero of TCNJ was the top overall finisher with a time of 25:25. The Engineers and Lions accounted for seven of the top nine runners.
MIT returns to action in two weeks, on Saturday, November 1 when they host the NEWMAC championships at Franklin Park. The men's race begins at 11:00 a.m.