Sept. 8, 2007
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - MIT women's cross country took its first step toward a conference championship and a national berth with a dominating victory at the Smith College Invitational, which also served as the annual race for the Engineer's Cup between MIT, WPI and RPI. Freshman Nicole Bucala secured the individual win, while sophomore Maria Monks finished on Bucala's shoulder to earn runner-up honors.
The Engineers finished well ahead of second-place Wellesley College for the top spot in the standings, with Connecticut College finishing third. RPI and Smith rounded out of the top five in the 12-team field.
Bucala covered the rolling 5000-meter course in 19:46.78 to break the tape, while Monks' split of 19:46.80 was nearly identical. The Engineers secured another top-10 finish as sophomore Jacqui Wentz finished ninth with a clip of 20:44.16.
MIT separated itself from the rest of the field with great depth. Freshman Katie Gordon finished 12th overall, while Jennifer Doyle and Elizabeth Finn finished 13th and 14th, respectively, to round out the scoring. Rookie Elizabeth Ohrt also finished well in her first collegiate invitational, taking 16th place to provide the Cardinal and Gray with additional insurance.