BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT men's cross country team, ranked No. 12 in the country, swept the top three positions and placed five runners among the top eight positions, to earn the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship on Monday afternoon at Franklin Park. The Engineers have won every league crown since the establishment of the conference in 1998, a streak of 14-straight years.
Daniel Harper (Naperville, Ill.) captured NEWMAC Runner of the Year honors crossing the finish first overall with a time of 25:28. Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) was second through the chute, just six seconds behind Harper. Stephen Serene (Washington, D.C.) navigated the eight-kilometer course in 25:45, for third place.
Benjamin Mattocks (Sharon, Mass.) was two spots back, finishing in 26:10, to take fifth overall. Freshman Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.) was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, as the top first year finisher, completing the race in 26:26. Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.) did not factor in MIT's team scoring but earned all-conference honors with his 13th-place result.
Tech's total of 19 points was enough to outlast runner-up Springfield College, which place four runners in the top ten for a score of 44 points.
The Cardinal and Gray will return to action in two weeks, competing at the New England Division III championship on Saturday, November 12. The Engineers will be looking to defend their regional title from 2010 at the meet, which will be held at Bowdoin College.