Women's Cross Country Secures Highest Finish Ever at All-Division New England Championship

Oct. 6, 2007

BOSTON, Mass. - Practically serving as a home meet for MIT's harriers, the Cardinal and Gray delivered its best performance of the season at Franklin Park on Saturday, finishing an amazing sixth overall out of 44 full teams competing at the 2007 All-Division New England (NEICAAA) Cross Country Championship. Tech's final position on the leader board is the highest finish for either the MIT men or women in the history of the meet.

Sophomore Maria Monks faded slightly at the end, but not enough to mar a tremendous effort. Monks finished 23rd overall in a time of 18:56 in the hot and humid conditions after spending the middle part of the race inside the top 20. She finished ninth among Division III runners in leading the Engineers ahead of UConn, Harvard, Brown and Dartmouth in the final standings. Among the Division III contingency, MIT also placed higher than nationally-ranked Middlebury, Keene State and Bowdoin, while finishing third overall behind Amherst and Williams.

The MIT chase pack worked well as a group, with Jacqui Wentz and Jennifer Doyle sprinting through the chute next in 49th and 50th, respectively, in a time of 19:23. After a tough middle part of the race, Elizabeth Finn moved up well as the circuit progressed and finished with a terrific performance. Finn split 19:35 to finish 64th overall, while Liz Labuz stepped up and held strong through the final mile and a half to round out MIT's scoring after a clip of 20:02.

Quinnipiac finished 13 points ahead of Amherst for the team title, while Boston University, Boston College and Williams rounded out the top five. Nearly 300 competitors finished the varsity race.