No. 2 Engineers Earn D3 New England Crown, McCandless Wins Individual D3 Title

No. 2 Engineers Earn D3 New England Crown, McCandless Wins Individual D3 Title

THE BASICS:

- Location: Franklin Park - Boston, Mass.

- The Lead: At the 2016 New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Franklin Park, the No. 2 ranked MIT women's cross country team placed fifth overall and first amongst Division III teams as the Engineers totaled 159 points and were just seven points out of third.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Freshman Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) earned the New England Division III Championship and placed fourth overall out of 234 runners as she crossed in a time of 17:57.42. The rookie averaged 5:46.8 per mile as she was the top D3 finisher by 30 seconds and ran the fastest-ever time by an MIT runner over the Franklin Park course.

- Freshman Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) was the second Engineer runner in 30th place in 18:33.71, followed by sophomore Jenny Xu (Cupertino, Calif.) just one-hundredth of a second later in 31st. Sophomore Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) crossed in 40th place with a time of 18:39.94 as she was the fourth MIT runner to finish in the varsity race. 

- Senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) was the final scoring runner for the Engineers as she placed 54th in a time of 18:51.32 in her first race of the season. Rounding out the top seven for MIT was junior Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii) in 71st place in 19:00.65 and freshman Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) in 80th place with a time of 19:10.35.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Saturday, October 15th as the Engineers head to Rowan University for the Border Battle in Glassboro, N.J.

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