WATERFORD, Conn. – The MIT men's cross country team, ranked No. 8 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), placed fifth overall at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon at Harkness Park.
As announced by the NCAA on Sunday, MIT earned an at-large bid to the Division III Championship, which is slated for next Saturday, November 21. The meet will take place at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
Eight of the top ten finishing programs were nationally ranked by the USTFCCCA, which included No. 2 Williams College, No. 5 Amherst College, No. 8 MIT, No. 17 Tufts University, No. 30 Middlebury College, No. 32 Wesleyan University and No. 35 Bates College.
In the 8-kilometer race, Williams and Amherst finished first and second with totals of 67 and 68 points, respectively. Tufts took third with 80 points, Wesleyan was fourth with 114 and MIT rounded out the top five teams at the regional with 128 points. In the field of 380 runners, MIT had all seven of its harriers finish in the top 74 spots.
Junior Colin Godwin (Cary, N.C.) paced the Engineers with a 12th place finish with a time of 25:08.5. This is the third consecutive race Godwin has taken first for MIT in five meets this season. Classmate Rory Beyer (San Mateo, Calif.) crossed the finish line 14th overall and second for the Cardinal and Gray at 25:14.8.
Senior Matthew Deyo (Syracuse, N.Y.) ran to a 24th place spot with a time of 25:28.0, third for MIT, freshman Daniel Weiss (Naperville, Ill.) was fourth for the Engineers, 36th overall, at 25:40.8, and sophomore Alexander Knoedler (Canon City, Colo.) placed 42nd overall at 25:45.8 to round out the top-5 finishers for the Cardinal and Gray.
With the at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, MIT will travel to Winneconne, Wisconsin next Saturday, November 21. The men's race is expected to get underway at 12:30 p.m. Last season, the Engineers placed eighth out of 32 teams at nationals, which was held in Mason, Ohio.