OSHKOSH, Wis. – Competing among a competitive field, including 12 teams currently ranked in the USTFCCCA top 25, at the site of this year's NCAA Division III championship, the No.5 ranked MIT women's cross country team more than held its own, finishing 2nd out of 43 teams at the Brooks Invitational on Saturday. Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) were among the top 10 individual finishers as Tech accumulated 123 team points.
Johnson navigated the six-kilometer course in 22:04 to place fourth out of almost 400 runners. McVay was not far behind, coming through the chute in 22:19 for eighth place. Martina de Gues (Los Altos, Calif.) was the next Tech harrier across the finish in 22:46, good for 26th overall. Dacie Manion's (Old Town, Maine) time of 22:54 gave her a 35th-place result. Tania Morimoto (Mountain View, Calif.) rounded out the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray, taking 51st with a time of 23:04.
Tech was second behind Washington University, which took home the team title with 61 points, thanks to five of the top 20 finishers.
The Engineers will be back in action in two weeks, as they look to defend their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. The conference meet will be held on Sunday, October 30 at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.