Nov. 13, 2004
CUMBERLAND, Maine - MIT women's cross country finished its season with an 18th-place finish out of 41 schools at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships. Julia Espel led the Engineers with a 28th-place finish, the highest individual finish for a Tech harrier since Debbie Won finished 21st in 1999.
The defending national champion Middlebury College Panthers, led by senior Jessica Manzer, edged out conference rival Williams College by six points to win the 2004 Championship held Saturday at the Twin Brook Recreation Complex in Cumberland, Maine.
The Panthers placed five runners among the first 23 finishers for a total of 58 points. Williams had its five runners among the first 28 finishers for 64 points. Colby College, with 131 points, was third followed by Amherst College with 160 points and Wesleyan University with 163 points. All five teams earned a trip to next weekend's NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship race in Eau Claire, Wis.
Manzer covered the 6,000-meter course in a time of 21:34.5 to finish seven seconds behind three-time race winner Caroline Cretti, a junior from Williams College who posted a time of 21:27.4. Senior Marisa Cawley was the second Middlebury runner to finish, coming home in fourth place with a time of 21:46.2. Following Cretti and Manzer in third place was Williams senior Jenn Campbell with a time of 21:43.4.
Competing against the best runners in the region, MIT had only one other runner finish among the top-100 as Alisha Schor battled for a 99th-place finish with a time of 24:43. Angelique Moscicki was the third Tech runner to finish (25:22), while Karen Condon completed the circuit in 25:28 to finish fourth. Vicky Hsu completed the scoring for MIT by finishing 139th overall. Over 200 runners competed in Saturday's championship.
Four individuals also earned spots in next weekend's national championship field. Going to Eau Claire next weekend are freshman Megan Brousseau of Wheaton College who placed eighth, junior Tracy Bassett who finished ninth, Trinity University sophomore Kristina Miner, and Tufts junior Becca Ades.