Men’s Cross Country Finishes Third at Engineers Cup

Lane Thornton

Boston, MA ---  Rensselaer ended MIT’s two-year Engineer Cup run as they placed six runners in the top ten to win the men’s race hosted by WPI at Boston’s Franklin Park on a beautiful autumn Saturday afternoon.  MIT had three runners cross the finish line in the top ten, while WPI saw one. 

Rensselaer nabbed fourth through ninth place as Patrick Cavanaugh (Cheshire, CT) (27:00), Chris Frank (Brewster, NY) (27:01), Jeff Corelli (Latham, NY) (27:03), Benjamin Levitz (Bronxville, NY) (27:04), Brian Debronsky (Beacon, NY) (27:04), and Tim Ryan (Allendale, NJ) (27:06) crossed the finish line. Sean Quinn (Brookline, NH) finished just outside of the top-10 as he claimed 11th spot (27:14). 

Richard Prevost (Springfield, VA) paced MIT and the field with a 26:39 time.  Teammate Gihan Amarasiniward (Amherst, MA) finished three seconds behind Prevost at 26:42.  Matt Metlitz (Little Silver, NJ) rounded out the top-10 with a time of 27:10.  Jacob Young (Redlands, CA) finished in 12th (27:20), while Logan Trimble (Clearwater, FL) placed 14th (27:28), and Matt Weaver (Newton, MA) had a 19th place (27:53) effort.  Andrew Erickson (Shorewood, WI) contributed to the scoring with a 21st place (28:13) showing. 

WPI’s Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) was the only Boynton Hiller to finish up front with a third place finish (26:57).  Shane Ruddy (Seneca Falls, NY) and Scott Burger (Huntington Station, NY) finished in the top-20 with a 15th (27:33) and 19th place (27:53), respectively.  Likuvi Chebelyon (Ledyard, CT) and Brian Goodman (Colonie, NY) claimed 24th (28:39) and 25th (28:41) for WPI.  Ben Roy (Buxton, ME) crossed the finish line in 27th (28:45) spot, while Dan Ritchie (Pepperell, MA) completed his race in 29th (28:54). 

WPI and MIT race next Saturday when they compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational at 10:30am.  Rensselaer ventures to Oneonta Pre Regionals on Friday.

Story by Mark Therrien - WPI Athletics