BRUNSWICK, Main – A pair of Tech harriers placed in the top seven, as the No. 5 ranked MIT women's cross country squad placed third at this weekend's New England Division III championship hosted by Bowdoin College. The Engineers accumulated 134 team points to finish behind defending champion, Middlebury College, and Williams College.
Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) was the first MIT runner across the finish, completing the six-kilometer race in 21:24.09, for sixth place overall. Freshman Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) was directly behind her, with a time of 21:24.75. McVay was the top overall freshman finisher in the race, finishing over 30 seconds faster than the next best rookie runner. Martina de Gues (Los Altos, Calif.) was the next through the chute for the Cardinal and Gray, placing 32nd with her time of 22:13.56.
Middlebury took home at least a share of the team title for the fourth consecutive season, with a total score of 55 points. The Panthers shared the regional crown with MIT in 2009.
Tech will hope to receive an at-large invitation to next weekend's NCAA Division III championship, after failing to secure an automatic berth. The top two teams from each region, along with up to three more teams, are eligible for entries. Johnson and McVay are guaranteed spots in the championship, regardless of whether or not the Engineers earn a team bid. Selections will be announced on Monday, November 14.