November 1, 2008

MIT Races to Second Consecutive NEWMAC Championship

Nov. 1, 2008

Results

BOSTON, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT women's cross country team captured the NEWMAC championship, held Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston. Eight MIT harriers earned All-Conference honors by placing in the top 14, including top overall finisher and NEWMAC Runner of the Year Jacqui Wentz.

Wentz completed the five-kilometer course in 18:28, more than 12 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Andrea Bradshaw (18:59) led a group of four Engineers through the chute, finishing fifth. Katherine Eve, Maria Monks and Janice O'Brien were directly behind Bradshaw. Eve received the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year award as the top first-year finisher in the race. Anna Holt-Gosselin, Jennifer Doyle and Elizabeth Finn were also named to the All-Conference Team.

MIT finished with a total of 27 points, giving them a comfortable victory over second place Wheaton (77 points). Springfield finished third with 87 points.

The Cardinal and Gray will look to build on this victory with a strong showing at the NCAA Division III New England Regional championship in two weeks in Williamstown, Mass.