WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Racing for the second consecutive weekend, No. 5 MIT men's cross country traveled to Williams College to compete in the Purple Valley Classic on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers, who moved up from 28th to fifth in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings this week, raced against No. 9 Williams and No. 23 Middlebury. Tech ended the day with 41 points to finish in first place. Williams was second with 59 points and Middlebury was third with 60.
MIT was led by senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.), junior Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and freshman Rory Beyer (San Mateo, Calif.), who ran with the top runners in the field the entire time. All three finished the course well, with Wedge coming in third with a 26:14.2, Xie taking fourth in 26:18.8 and Beyer finishing in fifth place with a time of 26:20.7. Beyer was the top freshman in the field.
Sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) and junior Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) following soon after in 13th and 16th place with times of 26:54.4 and 27:05.4 respectively. Senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) rounded out the top finishers with his time of 27:19.0 to take 21st.
MIT has next weekend off, returning to competition on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the NEICAAA Championship at Franklin Park, a championship that allows Division I, II and III teams to race against each other.