Nov. 15, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's cross country squad saw its season come to a disappointing end Saturday at the New England Regional championship, finishing 8th out of over 50 teams and failing to qualify for the national championship meet. Despite entering the meet as the fifth ranked team in New England and No. 23 nationally, the Engineers failed to finish high enough to earn the program's first bid to NCAA championship since 2001.
Yermie Cohen was the top overall finisher for the Cardinal and Gray for the first time this season. Cohen was the only Tech harrier to place in the top 30, finishing 29th in 27:03. MIT's top two runners all season, Hemagiri Arumugam and Jake Ruzevick had uncharacteristic showings today, placing 46th and 49th respectively. Arumugam's time of 27:23 was 31 seconds slower than he had run 8,000 meters all season. Ruzevick (27:26) saw his remarkable MIT career come to an end today. The two-time NEWMAC Runner of the Year was unable to capitalize on the momentum he had generated since returning from injury midway through the season.
With five runners in the top 14, Williams easily took home the top spot, as their 36 points were well ahead of second place Amherst (122). Williams junior Edgar Kosgey won the meet with a time of 25:52, almost 11 seconds ahead of second place.
This marks the end of an impressive run for the MIT senior class, who helped lead the Engineers to four consecutive conference championships and four top eight finishes at the New England regional championship.