No. 2 Women's XC Claims Program's Sixth Overall NCAA Regional Crown

No. 2 Women's XC Claims Program's Sixth Overall NCAA Regional Crown

THE BASICS: 

- Location: Gorham, Maine (Gorham CC - Hosted by University of Southern Maine) 

- The Lead: Placing three runners in the top 10, the No. 2 ranked MIT women's cross country team claimed its second straight NCAA New England Regional title and sixth in program history with a total of 58 points on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers punch their ticket to the NCAA Division III National Championship meet, which is next weekend in Illinois.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) was the top finisher for MIT in sixth place in 21:04.3, followed by junior Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) in seventh at 21:12.2. Senior Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii) was 10th overall for the Engineers, crossing in 21:14.7. The final two scoring runners were separated by just one second as sophomores Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) and Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) finished in 16th and 17th place, respectively. Bacher ran a time of 21:39.9, followed by McCandless at 21:40.9.

- Freshman Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) finished in 22nd place with a time of 21:47 in her first NCAA regional appearance, followed by sophomore Tessa Weiss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in 95th place at 23:20 to round out the top seven. 

UP NEXT:  

- MIT now earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Championship, which is set for Saturday, November 18th at the Principia North Farm Course in Elsah, Illinois. 

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