HANOVER, Ind. - At its first national appearance as a team since 2010, the No. 13 MIT men's cross country team finished in 24th place out of 32 teams with 541 points at the NCAA Division III Championships at Hanover College on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
St. Olaf claimed the title with 84 points, edging out North Central College with its 86 points. Tech finished a place ahead of Bates College, who also ended the day with 541 points.
Senior Roy Wedge (Lawrence, Kan.) was the Engineers' highest finisher, coming in 44th place out of the 275 runners in the 8k race with his time of 25:30.1, narrowly finishing ahead of Nate Routhier of Wisconsin La-Crosse and Kevin Wood of Middlebury, who both finished with a time of 25:30.8. Sophomore Matthew Deyo (Manlius, N.Y.) came in 78th place with his time of 25:46.5 and freshman Rory Beyer (San Mateo, Calif.) came in 150th place at his first NCAA appearance in 26:13.9.
Following soon after Beyer was junior Allen Leung (Arcadia, Calif.), who came in 196th with his time of 26:33.1. Sophomore Ian Tolan (Binghamton, N.Y.) was 249th with a 27:15.1, and junior Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and senior Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) came in 274th and 275th with times of 28:19.4 and 28:24.5 respectively.