November 14, 2009

Engineers Finish Sixth at New England Regional Championship

CUMBERLAND, Maine - The MIT men's cross country team took sixth place at the NCAA Division III New England Championship, hosted by the University of Southern Maine on Saturday. New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Year, Hemagiri Arumugam, was the top overall finisher for the Cardinal and Grey, who matched the program's best finish at the meet since 2003, with 163 total points.

Arumugam navigated the eight-kilometer Championship course in 25:59.7, to place 20th overall. Paul Welle came through the chute directly behind him in 26:03.8. Gihan Amarasiriwardena turned in a time of 26:22.2 to take 37th. Dan Harper crossed the finish in 26:26.6, good for 41st overall. Bill Phipps (26:28.0) rounded out the scoring for Tech, coming through in the 44th position.

Williams College easily captured the team title with 53 points, well ahead of runner-up Amherst's total of 104. Williams' Edgar Kosgey was the Individual Champion for the second year in a row, breaking the tape in 25:16.2.