Despite Early Fast Pace, Tech Runners Compete Well
October 22, 2000
MIT's men's cross country team tried their competitive luck against the clubs of the region, and came away with an improved effort over their previous race as they finished 8th out of 15 teams.
With four weeks before the national championships, MIT needed to start running a little more like a top 10 team. In part, they needed to run with a complete team, and second, they needed to run a patient, intelligent race. They accomplished the former, but failed at the latter. Ed Keehr returned to racing form, and Liyan Guo made significant improvement in his second week back. However, the team got pulled out a little too fast in the first 200 meters, and ended up slowing down significantly between the end of mile one and the end of mile two.
Dan Feldman, Tech's number one runner, claiming fatigue prior to the start of the race, faded uncharacteriscally from 15th place to 46th at the finish. Making up for Feldman's woes, was Sean Nolan, who was only :13 back. Keehr, running with Nolan for much of the race, was only :06 behind Nolan. Alber Liu had a PR of :16 as he continued to run better each week, and was :39 behind Feldman. Guo, running with Liu for awhile, faded some, but held on to finish only :10 back. Overall, the :49 delta was the best since the first meet of the season. Sean Montgomery and Craig Wildman continued to offer support. Sean ran over :30 faster than he did on the same course a week ago, and Craig ran a personal best time by :15.
Next week, the Engineers host the NEWMAC Championship at Franklin Park where they hope to continue to improve and get ready for the national qualifier on November 11. MIT is the defending two time champion, and the only team to ever win the men's championship.