September 28, 2002

Ranked behind Coast Guard in the conference, New England and NCAA polls, MIT went fishing for the very good Bear's harriers and took all of the 8000 meters to reel them in in a 47-53 victory in the 17 team Codfish Bowl.

After a lot of rain in the two days prior to the meet, the ground was a little soft but the weather was perfect with 70 degree, sunny skies. A strong wind affected the times but not the competition. Right from the start, Matt Griego of Brandeis and Chris Kapfer of the Merchant Marine Academy opened up a 40 meter lead in the first half mile. Sean Nolan of MIT, wanting to wait a little before moving to the front, was forced to pick up the pace earlier to prevent the two runners from breaking away. Stalking Sean and teammate Ben Schmeckpeper were five Coast Guard runners. The MIT runners were quite a distance back, patiently moving up to offer support.

Going into the start of the fourth mile, MIT finally took the lead team wise. Nolan had broken away and Schmeckpeper had moved into 3rd. Steve Maltas had moved up to 9th behind two Coast Guard runners in 5th and 8th. Two more Coast Guard runners at 11th and 13th were just ahead of three MIT runners in 15th, 16th and 17th with the 5th Coast Guard runner right beside them. Things were looking good for Tech, but Coast Guard had certainly not given up.

A normally strong 4th mile for MIT, turned into an even stronger 4th mile for Coast Guard. The first 9 places did not change but Coast Guard moved up to 10th, 12th and 14th, while MIT fell back to 16th and 19th. At that point, the score was tied 49 to 49.

The final mile belonged to Brian Anderson and his 4:51 kick. Nolan won going away with a 4:50 final loop giving him a 9 second victory over Kapfer. Schmeckpeper held on for 3rd, 11 seconds behind Nolan. Maltas could not gain ground on Coast Guard runners Schuck in 6th and Bartonicek in 8th, finishing 9th, just ahead of Dowthit of Coast Guard in a furious dash to the finish. Burgess of Coast Guard finished 12th and Spector slipped to 17th. Anderson moved all the way up from 21st to 15th in the final mile and MIT's Craig Wildman finished 19th to give MIT the narrow 6 point margin. Coast Guard's :36 spread showed how good they are and convinced MIT's Engineers they were lucky to get away with the victory.

MIT takes the next week off and will next race on October 11th at Franklin Park in the All Division New England Championship.