MASON, Ohio – Led by senior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.), the No. 2 MIT women's cross country team finished second place at the 2014 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship on Saturday afternoon at Kings Island Golf Center, hosted by Wilmington College. Tech's second place performance – out of 32 teams - is the highest they've ever finished at the NCAA championship.
McVay crossed the finish line first for the Engineers, placing 11th out of 275 runners. She finished the 6k course in 22.00.0, earning her highest finish at the national championship in a Cardinal and Gray uniform. Junior Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) finished second for the Engineers, placing 16th with a time of 22.10.6.
Sophomore Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) was the third Engineer to complete the course, clocking a time of 22.12.9 for a 17th place performance, while classmate Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) registered a 32nd place finish with a time of 22.24.1. Senior Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) rounded out the top five, finishing in 22.57.7 and 67th overall.
Junior Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) was the sixth Engineer to finish, recording a time of 23.10.7, while placing 91st. Freshman Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii), who finished 141st overall, helped secure second place by recording a time of 23.31.7.