Sept. 12, 2005
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The MIT men's cross country team opened the 2005 season in style Saturday afternoon at the Smith College Invitational. The Engineers finished first of seven teams and had five runners finish in the top ten. MIT junior Kevin Brulois led the way for the Engineers, finishing first with a time of 27:08, thirteen seconds faster than the second place time.
The Engineers had little trouble conquering the very hilly, eight mile race. Behind MIT's Brulois finished senior Eric Khatchadourian (2), freshman Trevor Rundell (3), junior Kevin DiGenova (7) and freshman Yermie Cohen (9). MIT won with a score of 22, 18 points ahead of second place RPI.
The race, which annually has been called the Engineer's Cup and featured MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, this year was dubbed the Smith College Invitational and featured seven teams including RPI, WPI, Springfield, Clark, Babson and Lasell. For MIT, the victory marked the ninth straight time that the Engineers have been victorious in the Engineer's Cup. Former MIT All-America honoree Ben Schmeckpeper most recently dominated the Engineer's Cup, winning the race in 2003 and 2004.
MIT travels to North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational next weekend.