BOSTON, Mass. – MIT cross country senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Week for the second time in two weeks on Tuesday afternoon following his performance at the NEICAAA Championships over the weekend. This is the third time in his career at MIT that he has earned the honor.
After taking a weekend off from competition, the Engineers returned to the cross country trail on Saturday afternoon at the NEICAAA Championships at Franklin Park, an event that allowed Division I, II and III runners to compete against each other. Tech improved on its 13th place finish from last year to take ninth out of 41 teams with 273 points, finishing fourth out of all Division III teams present. Wedge led the Engineers with his 15th place finish on the five mile course with his time of 24:54.
At the Purple Valley Classic at the end of September, Wedge finished in third place in the 8k with a time of 26:14.2 and was named the NEWMAC Runner of the Week for his impressive run.
In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released last week, the Engineers moved up from fifth to fourth in the nation, the highest they have ever been ranked in program history.
MIT will not compete until Sunday, Nov. 3 when it returns to Franklin Park for the NEWMAC Championships. The Engineers will be looking to capture their 16th consecutive conference title, one for every year that MIT has been part of the league.