Men’s Cross Country Wins 12th Straight NEWMAC Title

BOSTON, Mass. - Just as it has done every year since the conference began, the MIT men's cross country team captured the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Saturday at Franklin Park. On the strength of eight All-Conference performances, the Engineers were able to extend their streak of league titles to 12. Hemagiri Arumugam was named the NEWMAC Runner of the Year as the top overall finisher.

Arumugam broke the tape in a time of 25:50, 11 seconds faster than his closest competitor. Bill Phipps picked up an impressive third-place showing, coming through the chute in 26:22. Gihan Amarasiriwardena (26:34) also cracked the top five. Dawit Zewdie was the first of four straight Tech runners on the back end of the top 10, with a seventh-place finish in 26:42. Dan Harper was the final scoring runner for the Cardinal and Grey, in eighth place at 26:48. Paul Welle (26:58), Stephen Serene (26:59) and Ben Mattocks (27:10) were the other All-Conference honorees.  

With 24 team points, the Engineers edged runner-up Springfield by 17. It was also the third straight year that both the MIT men's and women's squad took home the conference crowns.

Tech will travel to Southern Maine in two weeks for the Division III New England Championship. The meet begins at 12:00 p.m.