MIT Finishes 11th in Directors’ Cup RankingsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming on the heels of one of the most successful campaigns in Institute history, MIT placed 11th among all Division III schools in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. This was the highest ranking for the Engineers in the 14-year history of the program and the first time they were the best performers in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Monks, Wentz Collect Academic All-America AccoladesCAMBRIDGE, Mass. MIT seniors Maria Monks and Jacqui Wentz were named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Womens Track and Field and Cross Country teams this morning, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Monks was a First Team honoree while Wentz was tabbed for the Second Team, as their selections now bring MITs total of Academic All-American on the year to eight.
MIT Cross Country Squads Honored for Academic AchievementCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Following a season full of notable athletic success, both the MIT mens cross country team, who captured its 12th consecutive conference title in the fall, and the womens squad, which finished a program-best fifth at the NCAA Division III Championship, were honored for their accomplishments in the classroom last week. The teams each received the All-Academic Award from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), given to teams with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.10 that compiled a team score at the NCAA Regional Championship. In addition to the team awards, seven individual student-athletes garnered accolades from the USTFCCCA, including five by the womens squad, matching the second highest total by any team in the nation.
Engineers Conclude Season with Fifth-Place Showing at NationalsCLEVELAND, Ohio In its second straight appearance at the NCAA Division III Championship, the MIT womens cross country team improved to a fifth-place showing at Saturdays national meet, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College. Maria Monks and Jacqui Wentz led the way for the Cardinal and Grey, as each earned All-America honors, the first such accolades for the program since 1998. Monks 13th-place finish marks the best individual effort at the NCAA Championship in school history.
Womens Cross Country In Pursuit of National TitleCAMBRIDGE, Mass. MIT student-athletes have always been among the best and brightest competitors in collegiate athletics, dating back to the days of Henry Steinbrenner 27, who collected the Institutes first-ever National Championship in track and field during his senior year. Since then, MIT has sponsored 32 individual national champions, seen 638 student-athletes garner All-America honors and produced 156 Academic All-Americas, the all-time leader in Division III. Despite these accomplishments, no Institute team has ever won an NCAA National Championship. All of Techs previous 22 national titles have been awarded by the sports governing body, not the NCAA. The MIT womens cross country team will attempt to change that at the NCAA Division III National Championship this Saturday.
Wentz, Taylor Named Best in New EnglandCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Following MITs first-ever Division III New England Regional Womens Cross Country Championship, senior Jacqui Wentz and coach Halston Taylor were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Wentz was named the New England Womens Regional Athlete of the Year while Taylor was selected as Womens Regional Coach of the Year.
Womens Cross Country Wins New England Regional Championship for First TimeCUMBERLAND, Maine The MIT womens cross country team came into Saturdays NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship hosted by Southern Maine ranked no. four in the nation and tops in the region. Thanks to an impressive performance, led by individual champion, Jacqui Wentz, and third-place finisher, Maria Monks, the Engineers verified those rankings and took home the Team Championship for the first time in program history. MIT and defending National Champion, Middlebury, finished with the same number of team points, 63, out of their top five runners but Brooke Johnson came through the chute just 2.1 seconds faster than Middleburys number six, giving Tech the tiebreaker and the New England Championship.
NEWMAC Announces Academic All-Conference TeamsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference recently announced the 2009 NEWMAC Fall Academic All-Conference Team. Thirty-five MIT athletes were recognized by the conference for their performance in the classroom.
Engineers Capture NEWMAC Championship For Third Year in a RowBOSTON, Mass. The nationally ranked no. three MIT womens cross country team placed six runners in the top seven, including Runner of the Year, Maria Monks, to win its third consecutive New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in convincing fashion on Saturday at Franklin Park. Seven Tech harriers were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team.
Engineers Dominate Saints InvitationalBOSTON, Mass. One week after a record performance at the All-New England Championship, the nationally-ranked no. 4 MIT womens cross country team returned to Franklin Park and picked up where it left off at the Saints Invitational hosted by Emmanuel College. The Engineers recorded a perfect team score of 15, as all five of the top scoring finishes belonged to the Cardinal and Grey.
Jacqui Wentz Collects NEWMAC Runner of the Week AccoladesCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Following a record-setting performance for MIT at the NEICAAA Championship, Jacqui Wentz was named the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Cross Country Runner of the Week on Monday. Wentz helped the Engineers, currently ranked no. four in the country, to a fourth-place finish at the meet, best among all Division III squads.
Womens Cross Country Collects Best Finish Ever at All-New England MeetBOSTON, Mass. The MIT womens cross country team entered this weekend with its highest national ranking in program history, as it rose to no. four in all of Division III. Competing against the tops teams in New England from across all Divisions, the Engineers more than lived up to their poll position, finishing fourth as a team. Jacqui Wentz led the way for the Cardinal and Grey with a third-place finish, the best individual result in Institute history at the All-New England Meet.
Womens Cross Country Takes Third at Keene State InvitationalKEENE, N.H. Four freshman were among the top five finishers for the nationally-ranked no. five MIT womens cross country team, which finished third out of 12 teams at the Keene State Invitational on Saturday. Missy Showers was the top overall finisher for the Engineers in just the second race of her intercollegiate career.
Alina Gatowski Named NEWMAC Runner of the WeekCAMBRIDGE, Mass. For the second time in three weeks, Alina Gatowski was tabbed as the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Cross Country Runner of the Week, following an impressive performance at the Codfish Bowl on Saturday. Gatowski earned similar accolades during the seasons opening week while teammate Jacqui Wentz was honored last Monday.
MIT Finishes Third at Codfish BowlBOSTON, Mass. The MIT womens cross country team, which came into todays race ranked ninth in the country, received a strong effort from a small group of runners to take third place at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park on Saturday. Alina Gatowski led the way for the Engineers, who sent just five runners to the meet, as the scored 129 points, tops among all Division III teams.
Wentz Earns NEWMAC Weekly HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. For the second consecutive week, an MIT harrier was named the Womens Cross Country Runner of the Week by the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), as Jacqui Wentz joined teammate Alina Gatowski as a recipient of the honor.
Engineers Win UMass-Dartmouth InvitationalDARTMOUTH, Mass. The nationally-ranked no. nine MIT womens cross country team put on a dominant display en route to a first-place finish at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational Saturday. Tech had four harriers among the top 11 finishers in a meet that featured many of the top squads in New England, including a number of New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schools.
Alina Gatowski Named NEWMAC Runner of the WeekCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Following a season opening victory for the nationally-ranked no. nine MIT womens cross country team in the Engineers Cup, junior Alina Gatowski was tabbed as the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Cross Country Runner of the Week.
Womens Cross Country Takes First at Engineers CupSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Alina Gatowski raced to an 18 second win as the nationally-ranked no. nine MIT womens cross country team took home the annual Engineers Cup title over RPI and WPI. The Cardinal and Grey earned 22 team points to beat out second-place RPI by 18. WPI finished third with 69 points.