November 19, 2013

Men's Cross Country Ranked 13th in Final USTFCCCA Poll

NEW ORLEANS, La. In the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll to be released before nationals, the MIT men's cross country team was ranked 13th in the nation, moving up from last week when it sat in 16th.

At the New England Division III Regional Championships this past Saturday, the men's team wrapped up the day in third place with 113 points, earning an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament. Earning All-Region honors for finishing in the top 35 on the 8k course were senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.), junior Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.), sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) and freshman Rory Beyer (San Mateo, Calif.).

The MIT women's cross country team, which is currently ranked eighth in the nation, also finished in third place at the University of Southern Maine this weekend with 127 points. For coming in the top 35 in the 6k, seniors Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) and Kaitlyn Allen (Bedford, N.H.), and juniors Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) and Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) earned All-Region honors.

NCAAs will take place at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. on Saturday, Nov. 23, with the women starting the day off in the 6k at 11:00 a.m. and the men following in the 8k at 12:30 p.m.