Nov. 1, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. - Jake Ruzevick captured Runner of the Year honors for the second year in a row and helped lead the MIT men's cross country team to the NEWMAC championship Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston. The Engineers have won every NEWMAC championship since the inception of the league, a streak that stands at 11.
Ruzevick (25:25) refused to relinquish his hold on the Runner of the Year award, pulling away from a pair of Coast Guard harriers in the final mile for a three-second victory. Tech placed six other runners in the top 11 on the way to a thirteen-point victory over Coast Guard. Hemagiri Arumugam crossed the finish line at 25:49 to place fifth. Yermie Cohen (25:58) and Trevor Rundell (26:04) were directly behind. Paul Welle rounded out the scoring for the conference champions, finishing ninth with a time of 26:16.
Andrew Erickson took home the Rookie of the Year award as the top first-year finisher in 10th place. Jack Bourbonnais and Gihan Amarasiriwardena also earned All-Conference honors by placing in the top 14.
MIT finished with a total of 28 points. Coast Guard was second with 41 points and Springfield came in third with 93 points.
The Cardinal and Gray will look to build on this victory with a strong showing at the NCAA Division III New England Regional championship in two weeks in Williamstown, Mass.