Oct. 29, 2006
PRINCETON, N.J. - The MIT lightweights added a new challenge to their Fall campaign by heading to a blustery Princeton home course for the Princeton Three-Mile Chase.
"Being accepted into the Princeton Chase is a great opportunity for the lightweight men and, I hope, an important Fall race for the lightweight program for years to come", stated MIT head coach Ted Benford. "As we continue to develop the program, I hope our results at great races like this will show a progression of improvement and that we are committed to becoming deeper and faster".
Results for the first effort at the Princeton Chase put the Engineers 20th overall in a field of 30 - "a solid effort" according to Coach Benford. The MIT Varsity "A" boat finished 10th (15:23.02) of the 12 "A" boats besting Harvard and Boston College and finishing within 15 seconds of Dartmouth and Rutgers top lineups.
"There were a number of really fast "B" boats which beat us too" said Coach Benford. "The type of depth and quality of second entries exemplifies the speed and competitiveness of the lightweight field, we're just not there yet".
But he remains optimistic, "we're a young program that is building a new tradition here...our work is just beginning".
Cornell "B" won the event clocking in at 14:25, followed by Navy "B" 14:25.91 and Cornell "A" 14:35.28. The conditions required the cancellation of the fours events and there were freshman events at this race.
Next up for the lightweight Engineers is the Dartmouth Green Monster (freshmen only) on Saturday, Nov. 4th in Hanover, N.H. The final varsity race for the Fall will be the Foot of the Charles to be held Saturday, Nov. 18 in Boston.