Men’s Cross Country Takes 19th at NCAA Championships

Junior Rory Beyer
Junior Rory Beyer

WINNECONNE, Wis. – The MIT men's cross country team, ranked No. 21 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), placed 19th overall at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships held at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.

In the 8-kilometer race, No. 1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire finished first with135 points, while No. 2 Williams College was second with 144 points. No. 6 SUNY-Geneseo was third (209), No. 4 St. Olaf was fourth (211) and No. 3 North Central (Ill.) rounded out the top-5 teams at this year's National Championship with 254 points.

MIT junior harrier Rory Beyer (San Mateo, Calif.) placed first for the Cardinal and Gray and 48th overall with a time of 25:10.00, while classmate Colin Godwin (Cary, N.C.) crossed the finish line second for MIT and 54th in the field of 278 runners just 3.5 seconds behind Beyer at 25:13.50. 

Senior Matthew Deyo (Syracuse, N.Y.) took third for the Engineers, 159th overall, at 25:50.60, sophomore Cooper Sloan (Sunnyvale, Calif.) was fourth and 172nd overall at 25:54.30 and sophomore Alexander Knoedler (Canon City, Colo.) rounded out the top-5 finishers for the Engineers with a time of 25:58.60 and 183rd overall.

This season marked the 18th time in program history that MIT has had a team place at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.