No. 3 Women's Cross Country Finishes in Second at the Purple Valley Classic

Junior Elaine McVay

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Competing for the second week in a row, No. 3 MIT women's cross country traveled to Williams College to compete in the Purple Valley Classic on Saturday afternoon, racing against other highly ranked teams, such as No. 4 Williams, No. 8 Middlebury and No. 28 Amherst College. The Engineers finished in second place with a score of 43, behind Middlebury with its score of 38 and ahead of Williams with 46.

Junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) led her teammates the entire way and ended up completing the 6k course in second place with a time of 22:29.1, behind Kaleigh Kenny of Williams with her time of 22:19.7. Classmate Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) also ran well, coming in fourth in 22:43.4.­ Sophomore Stephanie Marzen (McLean, Va.) and senior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) came in ninth and 10th place with times of 22:58.8 and 22:59.7 respectively, both running personal best times.

MIT has next weekend off, returning to competition on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the NEICAAA Championship at Franklin Park, a championship that allows Division I, II and III teams to race against each other.