Oct. 6, 2007
BOSTON, Mass. - MIT finished 12th overall and fourth among Division III teams at the highly competitive All-Division New England (NEICAAA) Championship, Saturday at Franklin Park. Yermie Cohen paced the Engineers' unit, finishing 35th overall with a time of 26:00.
MIT felt the loss of No. 1 runner Jake Ruzevick, who dropped out of Saturday's race amid the hot and humid conditions. Despite the setback, the team posted a solid performance. Brian Jacokes finished second for the Cardinal and Gray after dipping through the chute in 26:36. Joseph Roy-Mayhew finished four seconds and three places back in 83rd out of a field of nearly 300 competitors, while Chris Bruce also finished among the top 100 (95th) after finishing with a time of 26:45. Trevor Rundell capped the scoring for MIT after splitting 27:07.
The meet was dominated up front by a powerful Division I contingent, which was won by Brown University. Williams (5th) and Amherst (8th) were the only Division III schools to finish among the top 10, while the Engineers finished the race sandwiched between Bowdoin and Tufts en route to their final spot in the team standings.
MIT showcased tremendous depth in Saturday's meet as the Engineers enjoyed a great showing by the sub-varsity team. With a lineup that would have placed 14th in the varsity race, MIT's sub-varsity, which was comprised of four freshmen and one sophomore, finished the race third overall behind two Division I teams. Rookie Gihan Amarasiriwardena split 26:12 to author the Engineers' top time.