KANSAS CITY, Kan. – After winning its 16th consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title over the weekend, the MIT men's cross country team moved back up the national rankings to 16th, as was announced in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll on Wednesday. The Engineers received their highest national ranking in program history last month when they appeared fourth on the list, but dipped after a few weekends off from competition.
At NEWMACs on Sunday, Tech wrapped up the day with 18 points, improving on its performance from last year by 15 points. It left a sizeable gap between it and Coast Guard, which finished in second with 44 points, and WPI, which was third with 96 points. Senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) was named NEWMAC Runner of the Year for finishing first in the 8k and freshman Rory Beyer (San Mateo, Calif.) earned Rookie of the Year accolades for being the first freshman to complete the course, coming in fourth. In addition to these two awards, eight MIT runners were named to the conference's All-Conference team for finishing in the top 14.
The women's squad, who claimed its seventh straight conference title, both the Runner and the Rookie of the Year awards and six of the 14 All-Conference spots, remain ranked fourth in the nation. The Engineers started the 2013 campaign ranked third in the preseason poll and have slipped just one place since then.
MIT's next competition is in two weeks at the NCAA Division III New England Region Championship at the University of Southern Maine. The top two teams receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Championship, while other teams may be selected as at-large selections.