WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Paced by a sixth-place finish from Paul Welle and two other runners in the top 12, the MIT men's cross country team captured its first ever NCAA New England Division III Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon. With a team total of 93 points, the Engineers beat out a number of nationally-ranked squads to secure the team title for the first time in program history. All five of MIT's scoring runners received All-New England honors thanks to their top 35 finishes.
Welle navigated the eight-kilometer course in 25:57.7, good for sixth overall, the best showing by a Tech harrier since Ben Schmeckpeper won the race in 2004. Daniel Harper's time of 26:08.0 put him in 11th place, just ahead of Roy Wedge (26:10.6). Stephen Serene (26:29.7) came through in 29th overall and Gihan Amarasiriwardena (26:41.8) was 35th.
Williams College was Tech's closest competition, finishing eight points back. With the Regional title, MIT earns a team bid in next weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship. The meet is hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa next Saturday, November 20.