Women's Cross Country Finishes in 3rd at New England Regional Championships

Freshman Maryann Gong
Freshman Maryann Gong

PORTLAND, Maine - No. 4 MIT women's cross country was one of the six nationally-ranked teams that competed in the 2013 New England Division III Regional Championships that took place at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up the day in third place with 127 points. No. 6 Williams College took the title with 44 points and No. 2 Middlebury College was second with 57, earning automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Tech was one of the 16 teams that earned an at-large bid.

Crossing the line first for MIT was junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.), who was fresh off her first place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship earlier this month. She completed the 6k run with a time of 21:18.94, just eight seconds behind Hannah Zydanowicz of Roger Williams with 21:10.50 and Kaleigh Kenny of Williams, who was first with her 21:02.18. She left almost 10 seconds between her and the fourth place finisher and earned All-New England honors for her performance.

Classmate Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) was the second of the Engineers to complete the race, finishing in 21st place in 21:55.03 to also earn All-New England honors. Seniors Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) and Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.) followed soon after in 26th and 34th with times of 22:04.48 and 22:15.15. Graduate student Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) came in 43rd with a 22:24.85 and senior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) was 51st in 22:34.70. Rounding out the MIT finishers was freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) in 65th place with a time of 22:52.43.

The Engineers will travel to Hanover College in Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 23 for the NCAA Division III Championships that will begin at 11:00 a.m.