MIT Finishes 11th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup RankingsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row MIT placed 11th among all Division III schools in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Engineers’ Institute-best finish once again registered as the highest performance by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Joe Sousa, Former Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, Passes AwayCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Joe Sousa, former head coach of MIT’s women’s cross country and outdoor track and field teams, passed away on June 8 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He began his seven-year tenure at MIT in 1991 with the cross country program and led the outdoor track and field team in its inaugural varsity season the following spring.
Six Tech Harriers Land on Cross Country All-Academic TeamCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off one of the best seasons in the history of the MIT cross country program, six student-athletes were honored for their academic excellence by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Three men’s runners and three women earned the All-Academic distinction from the USTFCCCA, after placing in the top 35 at the NCAA New England Division III Championship and compiling a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 or greater.
Women Third, Men 12th at NCAA Division III ChampionshipWAVERLY, Iowa – Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams from MIT traveled to the NCAA Division III Championship this weekend and came away with tremendous results. The women earned their way onto the awards stand with a third-place finish, the best showing in program history, while the men placed 12th overall. Alina Gatowski brought home All-America honors with her 24th-place finish, as the women’s squad, who entered the meet as the No. 13 ranked team in the country, totaled 214 team points. The men had 347 points, good enough for 12th place of the 32 squads in the meet, which is the best showing for the program at Nationals since 1994.
Tech Finishes Fourth at New England Division III ChampionshipWILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Back-to-back eighth and ninth-place finishes by Tania Morimoto and Alina Gatowski helped lead the MIT women’s cross country team to a fourth overall standing at the NCAA New England Division III Regional on Saturday, hosted by Williams College. After sharing the team title with Middlebury in 2009, the Engineers, who are currently ranked No. 7 in the Nation, posted a team score of 105, just two points behind third place Amherst.
Halston Taylor Named NEWMAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the YearCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT cross country coach Halston Taylor was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Coach of the Year on Thursday, after helping lead the Engineers to their fourth straight conference title over the weekend. Taylor, who has been honored as the conference’s top women’s coach three of the past for years, now has a total of 19 such league accolades in his illustrious career.
Engineers Repeat as NEWMAC Champions for Fourth Straight YearPaxton, Mass. – Three-time defending champion MIT had five runners finish in the top eight – including a pair of freshmen - and the Engineers won their fourth straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s cross country championship on Saturday afternoon at Moore State Park.
Engineers Take Third at Connecticut College InviteWATERTOWN, Conn. Alina Gatowski and Margaret Lloyd had a pair of outstanding performances to help lead the nationally-ranked No. 9 MIT womens cross country team to a third-place showing at the Connecticut College Invitational over the weekend. Gatowski took second overall and all five Tech harriers finished among the top 32 as the Engineers totaled 93 team points in their final competition before the post-season begins.
Womens Cross Country Finishes 12th at All-New England ChampionshipBOSTON, Mass. With all five runners among the top 100, the nationally ranked No. 9 MIT womens cross country team finished 12th as a team at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) championship on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park. Katherine Eve led the way for the Engineers, who were third among all Division III squads in the multi-divisional meet with a total of 348 points.
Engineers Place Fourth at Competitive Purple Valley ClassicWILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The nationally-ranked No. 6 MIT womens cross country team brought home a fourth-place finish at the competitive Purple Valley Classic, hosted by Williams College, on Saturday. The Engineers placed three runners in the top 15 overall en route to a team score of 102 points, good for fourth among a field of 19 teams, including many of the top programs in New England.
Womens Cross Country Narrowly Misses Capturing UMass-Dartmouth InvitationalDARTMOUTH, Mass. Despite sending three of the first nine runners across the finish line, the nationally--ranked No. 7 MIT womens cross country team came up a few points behind Wellesley College at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday. Alina Gatowski, Tania Morimoto and Anna Holt-Gosselin led the way for the Engineers, whose total of 45 team points fell just four shy of the Blue.
MIT Ranks Fourth Among All NCAA Institutions in 2010 NCSA Collegiate Power RankingsCHICAGO, Ill. – The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recently announced its eighth annual Collegiate Power Rankings. Following another tremendous year, the Engineers were listed fourth overall in securing their highest ranking in the history of the report. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Collegiate Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.
Katherine Eve Collects NEWMAC Runner of the Week HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. On the heels of her impressive individual victory last weekend, Katherine Eve was named the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Cross Country Runner of the Week on Monday. Eve was the top overall finisher, as MIT won the Engineers Cup over RPI and WPI at Franklin Park on Saturday.
Womens Cross Country Captures Engineers CupBOSTON, Mass. Katherine Eve raced away from the rest of the field, winning by over a minute, as MIT cruised victory at the annual Engineers Cup meet against RPI and WPI at Franklin Park on Saturday afternoon. Eve completed the five-kilometer course in 18:39 to lead MIT to a sweep of six of the top seven spots, for a total of 18 points. RPI was second with 57 points ahead of WPI, which finished with 63.