No. 2 Women's Cross Country Places Second at Border Battle

No. 2 Women's Cross Country Places Second at Border Battle


- Location: Rowan University - Glassboro, N.J.

- The Lead: At the Border Battle on Saturday morning, the No. 2 ranked MIT women's cross country team placed second out of 45 teams with a total of 134 points over the 6K course at Rowan University. The Engineers defeated No. 1 SUNY Geneseo by two points, marking the team's second win over a No. 1 ranked team this season. Capturing the meet was No. 4 Johns Hopkins, who posted 70 points in the win. 


- Freshman Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) was the team's top runner for the third straight meet as she crossed in third place overall out of 386 runners in a time of 20:44.8. Senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) was the second Engineer to finish as she ran a time of 21.20.1 for a pace of 5:44 per mile that was good for 16th place.

- Freshman Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) ran a pace of 5:52 per mile to finish 36th as she crossed in 21:50.4, followed by sophomore Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) in 38th place in 21:54.7. This marked the second straight week that Zimmermann was the fourth runner for the Engineers, while Bacher was the seventh finisher for MIT a week ago before jumping four spots this weekend. 

- Sophomore Jenny Xu (Cupertino, Calif.) was the final scoring runner in 42nd place in 21:58.1, followed by senior Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) in 44th place with a time of 22:00.1. Rounding out the top seven was freshman Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) as the rookie crossed in 58th place in a time of 22:10.6.

- MIT defeated nine nationally-ranked teams in the meet, including five ranked among the top 20 in the country. 


- MIT is back in action on Saturday, October 29th as the Engineers travel to Smith College in Northampton, Mass. for the NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers enter the meet as the nine-time defending conference champions. The women's race begins at 12:15 p.m.


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