No. 2 Engineers Earn D3 New England Crown, McCandless Wins Individual D3 Title

No. 2 Engineers Earn D3 New England Crown, McCandless Wins Individual D3 Title


- Location: Franklin Park - Boston, Mass.

- The Lead: At the 2016 New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Franklin Park, the No. 2 ranked MIT women's cross country team placed fifth overall and first amongst Division III teams as the Engineers totaled 159 points and were just seven points out of third.


- Freshman Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) earned the New England Division III Championship and placed fourth overall out of 234 runners as she crossed in a time of 17:57.42. The rookie averaged 5:46.8 per mile as she was the top D3 finisher by 30 seconds and ran the fastest-ever time by an MIT runner over the Franklin Park course.

- Freshman Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) was the second Engineer runner in 30th place in 18:33.71, followed by sophomore Jenny Xu (Cupertino, Calif.) just one-hundredth of a second later in 31st. Sophomore Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) crossed in 40th place with a time of 18:39.94 as she was the fourth MIT runner to finish in the varsity race. 

- Senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) was the final scoring runner for the Engineers as she placed 54th in a time of 18:51.32 in her first race of the season. Rounding out the top seven for MIT was junior Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii) in 71st place in 19:00.65 and freshman Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) in 80th place with a time of 19:10.35.


- MIT is back in action on Saturday, October 15th as the Engineers head to Rowan University for the Border Battle in Glassboro, N.J.


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