BOSTON, Mass. - The MIT women's 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.
A pair of Division I runners were the only competitors to complete the Franklin Park course faster than Wentz, who set a new program standard at the Engineers' home venue with her time of 18:06. Maria Monks also landed in the top 20, just the fifth such occurrence for MIT, with a time of 18:24. Alina Gatowski (18:48) finished 47th overall. A pair of freshman were the final scoring harriers for Tech, as Melissa Showers (19:01) came home in 63rd and Brooke Johnson (84th) broke the tape in 19:17.
The Cardinal and Grey totaled 217 points for the best team result ever in this meet. The Engineers' previous best was a sixth-place showing in 2007. Brown won the meet with 130 points.
MIT will be back in action next weekend at the Plansky Invitational at Williams College on Saturday, October 17.