October 15, 2007

No. 5 Williams Tops MIT at Plansky Invitational

Oct. 13, 2007

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Despite a fast start, MIT women's cross country finished second at the Plansky Invitational as national power and host Williams College surged ahead in the final mile of a 4000-meter course to trump the Engineers. RPI and Assumption finished third and fourth, respectively, in the four-team field.

Basically serving as a dual meet against one of the top distance teams in the country, MIT took a commanding lead early in the race as the Ephs employed a conservative start. By the first mile marker Williams' top contingent had tracked down the MIT leaders, outside of sophomore Maria Monks, who powered ahead for a 10-second lead at the first split.

Williams continued to gain on Monks throughout the race while tightening its own pack up top. Monks was finally passed at the finish by the Ephs top two runners, but still managed to break up the scoring with a third-place effort. Her time of 15:00 was eight seconds off the winning pace, but 11 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher. Williams boasted six of the top seven individuals, while the Engineers grabbed the next six spots.

"I was not happy with the speed they used at the start of the race," noted head coach Halston Taylor, "but I was very pleased with how they did not back off once they were committed to the pace."

Elizabeth Finn finished second for MIT with a clip of 15:22, while Jacqui Wentz (15:27), Liz Labuz (15:35), Jennifer Doyle (15:40), Alina Gatowski (15:46) and Katy Gordon (15:48) completed the chase pack.