Men's Cross Country Outmuscles Coast Guard in Season's First Test
Sept. 8, 2007
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - Junior Jake Ruzevick looked in mid-season form as he paced a convincing victory for MIT at the Smith College Invitational. Also serving as the annual race for the Engineer's Cup, Saturday's season-opener was handled easily by the Cardinal and Gray, which placed all five of its scorers among the top nine finishers.
Coast Guard battled with MIT up top and showed that it will serve as a stiff test as the Engineers look to defend its nine consecutive NEWMAC Championships. The Bears had three runners among the top nine and placed their five scorers within the first 11. WPI finished a distant third and RPI finished fourth against the eight-team field.
Ruzevick split a modest 26:58.07, but the junior finished the race by himself as Coast Guard's second-place finisher Zach Henninghausen crossed the line 20 seconds back. Fellow third-year harrier Yermie Cohen posted a time of 27:44 to finish third, while freshman Paul Welle and sophomore Hemu Arumugam crossed the finish sixth and seventh, respectively. Sophomore Bill Phipps capped Tech's scoring contingent with a ninth-place finish that ended with a clip of 28:42.
While the times in Saturday's race were relatively slow, the performance against seven other teams in the region showed that MIT will have the ability to contend for an NCAA berth later in the season.
Senior Chris Wong (13th) and rookie Richard Prevost (15th) rounded out MIT's top seven.