MIT Women's Cross Country Finishes in 7th at NEICAAA

BOSTON, Mass. - After taking last weekend off from competition, #4 MIT women's cross country team returned to the cross country trail to compete in the NEICAAA Championships, which took place at Franklin Park on a chilly fall Saturday afternoon.

The Engineers wrapped up the day coming in seventh place out of 43 teams with 223 points, behind Quinnipiac in sixth with 193 points and Vermont in eighth with 248. They were the second Division III team to finish, coming in 31 points behind Middlebury.

Junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) crossed the line first for the Engineers, coming in 23rd place with a time of 18:14, finishing immediately ahead of Sarah Guth of Middlebury. For her performance at the Purple Valley Classic the weekend before last, McVay was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Week.

Following behind McVay was senior Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.), who completed the course in 33rd with a time of 18:25. Closing out the top 50 were senior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) and freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.), who finished in 45th and 50th place with times of 18:37 and 18:39 respectively.

In the sub-varsity race, junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) led MIT to a fifth place finish, running a personal record time of 19:19 to take 18th. In her first race this season, Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) took 21st place in 19:26. Also scoring for MIT were freshman Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) in 34th with a 19:41, sophomore Heather Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) in 52nd with a time of 19:53 and junior Shivani Kaushal (Grand Blanc, Mich.) in 69th place in 20:05.

MIT will not compete until Sunday, Nov. 3 when it returns to Franklin Park for the NEWMAC Championships. The Engineers will be looking to capture their seventh consecutive conference title.