WINNECONNE, Wis. – Ranked No.4 in the latest national poll, the MIT women's cross country team finished fourth at the AAE Invitational, hosted by UW-Oshkosh at the Lake Breeze Golf Club on Saturday, October 18. Formally called the Brooks Invitational, the AAE Invitational was one of the largest cross country meets of the season that featured 47 men's teams and 49 women's teams, including 23 squads that are currently ranked.
Leading the way for the Engineers in the field of 559 runners was junior Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.), who finished the 6k course in 13th place with a time of 21:36. Quinn was the second Division III runner to cross the finish line behind Johns Hopkins University junior Sophia Meehan (Havertown, Pa.), who led the Blue Jays to a third place finish overall.
MIT senior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) crossed the finish line 19th with a time of 21:45, while junior Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) finished 28th with a time of 22:00. Sophomore Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) clocked a time of 22:04 for a 33rd place finish and classmate Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) finished 34th with a time of 22:12.
Senior Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) and freshman Mary Eccles (Sunnyvale, Calif.) rounded out the top seven with sixth and seventh place performances, respectively. Benavides finished 73rd with a time of 22:41, while Eccles placed 76th with a 22:43.
MIT returns to the trails on Saturday, November 1 when they compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, hosted by Smith College.