CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five members of the MIT women's cross country team were honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with All-Academic honors on Wednesday afternoon. Seniors Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) and Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.), juniors Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) and Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.), and sophomore Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) each received the honor.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic team, student-athletes must compile a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater and placed in the top 25 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships. In all, 325 women from 124 institutions and 35 different conferences were honored for their accomplishments both on the cross country trail and in the classroom.
At the New England Division III Regional Championships that took place at Williams College back in November, Tech finished in first place out of 47 teams. Quinn claimed the individual title in the field of 387 runners, finishing the 6k course in 21:39.9, which is a course record. McVay finished sixth, Gong placed eighth and Zeinstra and Benavides crossed the finish line 20th and 26th, respectively.