Tech Women Cross Third at NEICAAA Championships

Junior Maryann Gong
Junior Maryann Gong

Boston, Mass.  – Ranked No. 2 in the most recent national polls, MIT's women's cross country team took to the trails on Saturday and earned a program record third place finish at the NEICAAA Championships. One of the oldest collegiate cross country contests dating back to 1912, the NEICAAA Championships are held annually on the historic Franklin Park course in Boston and bring together runners from 38 Division I, II, and III institutions from across New England.

Leading the way for the Engineers' in the field of 262 runners was sophomore Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) who finished the 5k course in 12th place with a time of 18:00.20. Gong finished as the second fastest Division III runner, just 0.08 seconds behind senior Alison Maxwell of Middlebury College.

Adding to MIT's success, junior Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) crossed the line 28th with a time of 18:15.19. Quinn's performance adds to her strong comeback season as she was recently named the USTFCCA Runner of the Week for her winning performance at the Purple Valley Classic on September 27th.

Crossing just three places behind Quinn, sophomore Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) finished in 31st place with a final time of 18:17.38. Seniors Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) and Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) rounded out Tech's top five finishers crossing in 47th and 57th place with final times of 18:29.71 and 18:35.44, respectively.

Tech's third place finish is the team's highest in program history topping a previous best fourth place finish in 2009. The Engineers' will return to the trails on October 18th at the AAE Invitational in Winneconne, Wis.