BRUNSWICK, Maine – Four MIT runners placed in the top 20 overall, as the No. 9 nationally ranked men's cross country team secured a runner-up performance at the Bowdoin College Invitational on Saturday. The meet was a chance for the Cardinal and Gray to preview the course that will host the New England Division III championship later this fall.
Andrew Erickson (Shorewood, Wis.) was the top performer for the Engineers, finishing in 11th place with a time of 27:04.64 on the eight-kilometer course. Jay McKenna (Hilliard, Ohio) came through the chute directly behind Erickson in 27:06.80. Matthew Weaver (Newton, Mass.) was two spots behind that, finishing with a time of 27:11.41. Kris Frey (Lake Forest, Calif.) placed 17th, completing the course in 27:14.03. Eric Safai (Los Altos, Calif.) rounded out the scoring for the Tech, taking 23rd place in 27:46.16.
The host Polar Bears swept the top sixth positions and finished with a team score of 15 to take first place. Tech's total of 67 was good for the second spot.
MIT will begin the championship portion of its schedule next Saturday, October 8 at the All-New England Championship. The Engineers will take on teams from across all three divisions in the meet, which will be held at Franklin Park in Boston and begins at 12:00 p.m.