WAVERLY, Iowa – Both the men's and women's cross country teams from MIT traveled to the NCAA Division III Championship this weekend and came away with tremendous results. The women earned their way onto the awards stand with a third-place finish, the best showing in program history, while the men placed 12th overall. Alina Gatowski brought home All-America honors with her 24th-place finish, as the women's squad, who entered the meet as the No. 13 ranked team in the country, totaled 214 team points. The men had 347 points, good enough for 12th place of the 32 squads in the meet, which is the best showing for the program at Nationals since 1994.
Gatowski was the first Tech runner across the finish, with a time of 21:40.1, to become the fifth All-American in program history. The senior improved upon her 51st-place standing from a year ago. Katherine Eve was the next fastest Engineer to complete the six-kilometer course, as she posted a time of 21:54.6 to place 42nd. Tania Morimoto came through the chute in 22:16.4 to finish in 80th place while Anna Holt-Gosselin (22:19.6) was not far behind in 85th. Freshman Martina de Gues was final scoring runner for Tech, earning 65 points with her 100th-best result. de Gues was the 10th fastest freshman to finish the race with a time of 22:25.1.
Coach Halston Taylor has built his program into one of the true national powers as the Engineers have now secured top 10 finishes in the NCAA Championship for three consecutive seasons. The run began with a 10th-place showing in 2008, followed by fifth-place last year and culminating with this season's historic result.
On the men's side, the Cardinal and Gray backed up its Regional title from two weeks ago by posting the best score of any team from New England at the meet. Daniel Harper was the first Tech harrier to finish the eight-kilometer race, as his time of 25:08.7 was good for 48th overall. Stephen Serene was right on his tail, just one second slower and three positions back. Paul Welle finished in 71st place with a time of 25:18.4. New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Year, Roy Wedge, had an impressive performance as a freshman on the national stage, crossing the finish in 25:37.3, good for 124th overall. Richard Prevost rounded out the MIT scoring with his 169th-best time of 25:53.1, earning 124 points toward the team total.
Haverford College captured the men's team title, with 87 points, while senior Anders Hulleberg was the top overall finisher. Middlebury was the women's team Champion, clipping runner-up Washington University by eight points. Wendy Pavlus of St. Lawrence was the women's individual winner.