September 25, 2010

Engineers Place Fourth at Competitive Purple Valley Classic

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 6 MIT women's 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.

Tania Morimoto was the first Tech harrier across the finish, taking 11th place with a time of 23:02. Alina Gatowski was not far behind, navigating the six-kilometer course in 23:05, good for 13th overall. This meet marks the only 6k race the Engineers will compete in until the NCAA Division III New England Championship late in the season. Katherine Eve finished in 15th, just two seconds behind Gatowski.

Martina de Geus had a solid showing in her six-kilometer debut, with a time of 23:27 and a 25th-place result. Claire O'Connell's time of 23:50 put her in 41st place, earning 38 points toward the team result.  

Middlebury College won the team competition with 57 total points. The host Ephs (76) and Johns Hopkins (86) rounded out the top three.

MIT will be back in action in two weeks, taking part in the All-New England Championship on Saturday, October 9. The meet, which pits teams from across Divisions I, II and III, will take place at Franklin Park, beginning at 12:00 p.m.