BOSTON, Mass. - The MIT women's cross country team, which came into today's race ranked ninth in the country, received a strong effort from a small group of runners to take third place at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park on Saturday. Alina Gatowski led the way for the Engineers, who sent just five runners to the meet, as the scored 129 points, tops among all Division III teams.
Gatowski came through in 18:30.9 to finish in seventh place overall. Racing at the Cardinal and Grey's home venue at Franklin Park, the junior recorded Tech's fastest time on the course in 10 years and third-best in program history.Two other MIT harriers would earn spots in the top 20 as well. Katherine Eve ran 19:21.1, good for 16th while freshman Melissa Showers (19:26.7) took 18th place in her collegiate debut. Alicia Kaestli was not far behind, crossing the finish in 19:44.1 in 25th. Janice O'Brien was the final runner for the Engineers, running 20:57.8 in the 71st position.
Division I power Stony Brook University easily took the team title with three of the top four finishers and all five runners scoring in the top 10.
MIT will travel to Keene State College next Saturday, October 3 for an Invitational meet.