NEW ORLEANS, La. – MIT women's cross country is ranked third in the nation in the first week of polls that was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday afternoon. The Engineers were also ranked third in the preseason poll that was released late last month. Tech currently sits in first in the organization's regional poll that was announced yesterday.
During the 2012 season, the Engineers spent five of the eight weeks in the No. 1 position, marking the first time they had ever been ranked first in the nation. MIT went on to finish in sixth place at the NCAA Division III Championships.
On Aug. 31, Tech hosted the annual Alumni Meet, but will officially open the season at the University of Southern Maine Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 12:00 p.m. The next USTFCCCA regional rankings will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with the national rankings following the next day.