Women’s Cross Country Narrowly Misses Capturing UMass-Dartmouth Invitational

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Despite sending three of the first nine runners across the finish line, the nationally--ranked No. 7 MIT women's 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.

Gatowski crossed the finish in fourth place, running 18:01 in her season debut. Morimoto posted a time of 18:18, good for seventh overall. Holt-Gosselin took ninth, completing the five-kilometer race in 18:22.

Martina de Geus (18:38), Claire O'Connell (18:39) and Olivia Papa (18:42) came across in consecutive places, with de Geus leading the way in 17th.

New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rivals, MIT and Wellesley, accounted for seven of the top 12 runners at the meet. The two squads have combined to win 16 conference championships in the league's 25-year history.

The Cardinal and Gray will travel to Williams College next Saturday, September 25 for the Purple Valley Classic at 12:00 p.m.