September 10, 2011

Men’s Cross Country Finishes Second at Engineer’s Cup

BOSTON, Mass. – Benjamin Mattocks (Sharon, Mass.) led the way with a runner-up finish by the slimmest of margins, as the MIT men's cross country team, currently ranked No. 17 in the country, placed second at the Engineer's Cup behind RPI at Franklin Park on Saturday. The Cardinal and Gray had three runners in the top six but was no match for RPI, which placed all five of its scoring runners in the top eight positions.

Mattocks and RPI's Jeff Corelli each finished the eight-kilometer course in 26:44, but Corelli was able to narrowly beat Mattocks across the finish line. Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) took fifth place with a time of 27:10 and Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.) was directly behind him in 27:12. Freshman Chadd Kiggins (Xenia, Ohio) was the next Tech harrier through the chute in 11th place with a time of 27:40. Kris Frey (Lake Forest, Calif.) was two seconds and two positions behind him to round out the scoring for Cambridge's version of the Engineers.

RPI had a cumulative score of 23 points to take the team title and MIT was second with 37 team points. WPI was third in the three-team competition with 66 points.

MIT will be back in action next Saturday, September 17 at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational. The men's race begins at 10:30 a.m.