Oct. 30, 2006
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Hampered by injuries all season, a depleted women's cross country team entered Saturday's NEWMAC Championship without all the pieces that led to the program's first-ever national ranking. Still, the Cardinal and Gray persevered en route to a fourth-place finish against arguably the strongest field in the history of the league.
Freshman Maria Monks paced the Engineers like she has all season, finishing fifth out of 132 runners. Like the men's race, the women's championship was severely affected by driving rain, which slowed times across the board.
MIT had aspirations for a conference title, but the Engineers were unable to match Coast Guard's experienced contingent. The Bears out-muscled everyone en route to their first NEWMAC Championship by scoring just 54 points. Wellesley finished second with 64 points, while Smith College picked up the third spot after a strong race by its No. 3. Wellesley freshman Clare Egan broke the tape in 19:45 and earned both Runner of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors from the league.
Senior Hana Adaniya enjoyed a strong race in finishing second for MIT. Adaniya and Monks both earned All-Conference honors as Adaniya finished eighth overall.