BOSTON, Mass. - With seven of the top nine finishers, the MIT men's cross country team easily captured the team title at the Saints Invitational hosted by Emmanuel College. Five consecutive Tech runners crossed the finish line just behind the top overall finisher in cold and rainy conditions at Franklin Park on Friday afternoon.
Paul Welle (26:11.67) started the onslaught, coming in just nine seconds behind Greg Redfield's winning time. Stephen Serene was another three seconds back in third place. Bill Phipps finished in 26:15.77 for fourth overall. Ben Mattocks also earned a top five showing with his time of 26:21.22. Serene, Phipps and Mattocks each set a new personal best at the eight-kilometer Franklin Park course, the Engineers' home venue. Gihan Amarasiriwardena rounded out the scoring in sixth-place at 26:41.82.
The scoring runners were not the only impressive performers, as MIT had 12 runners in the top 20. Dan Harper (8), Dawit Zewdie (9), Andrew Erickson (12), Jack Bourbonnais (14), Pat Marx (16), Pat McDaniel (17) and Logan Trimble (19) helped the Cardinal and Grey demonstrate its team depth.
With 20 team points Tech easily outlasted runner-up Johnson & Wales (79).
In two weeks MIT will attempt to defend its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title, which it has captured in each of the 11 years of the league's history. The meet will be held at Franklin Park and men's race begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by the women at noon.