BOSTON, Mass. - MIT women's cross country captured its seventh straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title on a rainy Saturday at Franklin Park. Tech, who has been ranked as high as third in the nation in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, ended the day with 23 points, leaving a sizeable gap between it and second place Wellesley College with 70 points and third place Coast Guard with 99.
Junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) claimed her first-ever individual NEWMAC title in the 5k with her time of 18:16.85, dropping almost 15 seconds off the time that earned her a second place finish at last year's championships. She was named the NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year for her impressive performance. Freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) was the runner-up with an 18:36.64 and earned NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors.
Coming in behind Marina Capalbo of Babson College and Priyanka Fouda of Wellesley College, who were third and fourth, were freshman Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) and graduate student Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) in fifth and sixth place with times of 18:43.74 and 18:44.19 respectively.
Closing out the top 10 finishers and earning All-Conference accolades, along with all of the runners who finished in the top 14, were seniors Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) and Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.), who crossed the line in ninth and 10th place with times of 18:49.68. Senior Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.) came in15th place with a 19:11.12 and sophomore Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) was 16th in 19:19.51.
Tech will return to the cross country trail in just under two weeks when it travels to the University of Southern Maine for the second time this season for the New England Division III Regional Championships, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16.
To watch an interview with Elaine McVay, click here
To watch an interview with Coach Taylor, click here
To watch the 2013 NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Highlight Video, click here