WILLIAMSTOWN, 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.
Morimoto (22:41.6) beat Gatowski to the finish by just eight-tenths of a second, as the two harriers cracked the top 10. It was the second top 10 showing by Gatowski in as many years, as the senior placed eighth a year ago. Katherine Eve was 21st overall, with her time of 23:02.6. Martina de Gues (23:18.9) had the fifth-best effort by a freshman, earning All-Region honors in 31st place. Anna Holt-Gosselin just missed the top 35, completing the six-kilometer course in 23:31.0, good for 36th overall.
Middlebury captured the team title, with five of the top 20 finishers and a total of 58 points.
MIT was able to earn an at-large team berth in next weekend's NCAA Division III Championship, hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. The women's six-kilometer race begins on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.