October 9, 2010

Women’s Cross Country Finishes 12th at All-New England Championship

BOSTON, Mass. – With all five runners among the top 100, the nationally ranked No. 9 MIT women's cross country team finished 12th as a team at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) championship on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park. Katherine Eve led the way for the Engineers, who were third among all Division III squads in the multi-divisional meet with a total of 348 points.

Running on the familiar home course at Franklin Park, Eve completed the five-kilometer race in 18:43 to place 41st overall. Alina Gatowski was not far behind Eve, taking 44th with a time of 18:45. Tania Morimoto came through the chute 11 seconds later, good for 68th place. Martina de Geus's time of 19:12 was enough to put her at 95th and Claire O'Connell was the 100th runner across the finish in 19:17.

Boston College secured the team title, posting four of the top five finishes and score of 26 points. Middlebury College (third) and Williams College (sixth) were the only Division III teams to finish ahead of the Cardinal and Gray.

The Engineers wrap up the regular season next Saturday, October 16 at the Connecticut College Invitational. That will be the final meet before the Championship season gets under way with the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) meet on October 30.