BOSTON, Mass. – For the second time in two weeks, MIT cross country junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Week for her impressive performance over the weekend, as announced on Tuesday afternoon. She was also named the Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Runner of the Week a few days later for that same performance.
After taking a weekend off from competition, the Engineers returned to the cross country trail on Saturday afternoon at the NEICAAA Championships at Franklin Park, an event that allowed Division I, II and III runners to compete against each other. McVay crossed the line first for MIT, completing the 5k course with a time of 18:14 to take 23rd place. She helped lead Tech to a seventh place finish out of the 43 teams present, wrapping up the day with 223 points. They were the second Division III team to finish, coming in 31 points behind Middlebury College.
McVay earned her first Runner of the Week nod of the season at the Purple Valley Classic at the end of September following her second place finish in the 6k with a time of 22:29.1, coming in less than 10 seconds behind the first place finisher from Williams College.
In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released last week, the Engineers were ranked fourth in the nation, after slipping one place from the previous week's poll. MIT remains in second in the New England region behind Middlebury.
MIT will not compete until Sunday, Nov. 3 when it returns to Franklin Park for the NEWMAC Championships. The Engineers will be looking to capture their seventh consecutive conference title.