Freshman Maria Monks Qualifies For NCAA Championships

Nov. 11, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Maria Monks continued her historic rookie campaign as she became the second freshman in the history of MIT women's cross country to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Monks finished 23rd overall at the New England Regional to lead the Engineers to a 14th-place finish out of 48 schools in the team standings.

Monks finished the 6000-meter circuit with a time of 22:51 and was the third highest finisher from the NEWMAC. Wesleyan's Ellen Davis broke the tape in 21:29, while Middlebury edged out Amherst for the team title.

Hana Adaniya finished second for MIT's contingent, capping a strong season for the rising senior. Adaniya split 23:53 and finished 58th out of 321 runners. Rounding out the scoring for MIT were Adrienne Bolger (76th - 24:16), Jessie Thompson (101st - 24:42) and Alisha Schor (102nd - 24:44).

Monks is the second freshman and the third runner from MIT to earn an NCAA berth. Janis Eisenberg did it as a rookie as well in 1994, while Debbie Won qualified in 1998. Eisenberg finished 34th and Won, 26th, as both runners earned All-America honors.