- Location: Tom Sawyer Park (Louisville, Ky.)
- The Lead: The third-ranked MIT men's cross country team produced the best finish in program history on the national stage as the Engineers finished seventh overall with 301 points at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship on Saturday afternoon at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.
North Central (Illinois) won the 2016 team championship with 60 points, while SUNY Geneseo was second (204 points), Wisconsin Eau Claire was third (209), Washington University (Mo.) was fourth (216) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps rounded out the top-5 teams with 251 points.
Graduate student Matthew Deyo (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Dennis Maloney (New Albany, Ohio) earned All-America honors by individually finishing seventh and 12th, respectively, in the field of 278 runners. Deyo became just the eighth individual to place in the top-10 in program history and second since 2014 to accomplish the feat. Deyo notched his second career All-America honor in cross country, while Maloney garnered his first. Together they are the 15th and 16th student-athletes to become All-Americans in program history.
The Engineers close out a very successful 2016 campaign with their best finish ever at nationals to go along with highest-ranking in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Deyo clocked a time of 24:28.1 as he finished seventh and Maloney was right behind him in 12th as he crossed the line in 24:39.8 - both for All-America status.
- Senior Rory Beyer (San Mateo, Calif.) was the third Engineer to clock in this afternoon as he took 43rd place in 25:02.1, junior Ben Freed (Frederick, Md.) finished 165th in 25:48.2 and classmate Alex Knoedler (Canon City, Colo.) took 192nd in 26:02.5 to round out the list of scoring student-athletes for MIT.
- Junior Nicholas Waltman (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Daniel Weiss (Naperville, Ill.) were the final two finishers for MIT at the national championship today. Waltman produced a time of 26:12.3 for 208th place, while Weiss was 240th in 26:33.1
- At the two-kilometer split as a team, MIT held the lead with runners scoring six, seven, 18, 21 and 36 points, respectively, and fell back to third after 6.22-kilometers (185 points). The Engineers still had runners scoring six and seven, respectively, but the back half of the group were 17th, 75th and 80th - among scoring individuals.
Men's Cross Country Finishes Seventh At NCAA Division III National Championship