CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After earning top finishes at this past weekend's New England Division III Regional Championships, both MIT cross country teams earned spots in the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday, November 22, which will be hosted by Wilmington College at the Golf Center at King's Island in Mason, Ohio. This is the second straight year both teams will be competing for the national championship, and third since 2010.
Ranked fourth in the latest U.S. Track & field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, the MIT women's cross country team earned an automatic bid with a first place finish this past weekend. Junior Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) claimed the individual title, finishing the 6k course in 21:39.9 first out of 387 runners. Quinn crossed the finish line just nine seconds ahead of Middlebury College senior Allison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.). Sophomore Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) finished second for the Engineers, clocking a time of 21:57.4, while senior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) registered a time of 21:59.0.
Senior Spencer Wenck (Monument, Colo.), who guided the No. 8 men's cross country team to a third place finish and at-large bid, placed second among the field of 373 runners. Wenck completed the 8k course with a time of 25:10.0, finishing just five seconds behind Williams College senior Colin Cotton (Cincinnati, Ohio). Junior Matthew Deyo (Syracuse, N.Y.) finished second for the Engineers, clocking a time of 25:38.5, while sophomore Colin Godwin (Cary, N.C.) recorded a time of 25:38.5.
Last season, the women's team placed fifth out of 32 teams, while the men's team finished 24th of 32. Saturday's race begins with the men's race at 11:00 a.m. – an 8k course – followed by the women's race at 12:30 p.m. – a 6k course.
For information on the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships, click here.