No. 2 Women's Cross Country Wins 10th Straight NEWMAC Title

No. 2 Women's Cross Country Wins 10th Straight NEWMAC Title

THE BASICS:

- Location: Smith College - Northampton, Mass.

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon at Smith College, the No. 2 ranked MIT women's cross country team won its 10th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship with a total of 15 points over the six-kilometer course. Freshman Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) claimed the league's individual championship with a time of 18:17 to win by a 24-second margin.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Averaging a pace of 5:53 per mile, McCandless won her first NEWMAC individual title as she led an MIT sweep of the first five spots in the standings. Junior Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii) finished in second place in 18:41, while senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) was third just one second back at 18:42. Senior Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) was the fourth Engineer in a time of 18:46, while sophomore Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) completed the scoring runners for MIT in fifth at 18:54.

- The two displacers for MIT were sophomore Jenny Xu (Cupertino, Calif.) in seventh overall at 19:04, along with freshman Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) in ninth with a time of 19:14.

- Overall, MIT placed 13 runners inside the top 20 overall and had 12 student-athletes earn All-Conference recognition. In addition to the top seven Engineers being named to the All-Conference teams, MIT also placed freshman Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.), freshman Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.), junior Clementine Mitchell (Glasgow, Scotland), sophomore Darby Laplant (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and freshman Tessa Weiss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) on the squad.

- For her performance, McCandless was named as both the NEWMAC Runner of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Saturday, November 12th as the Engineers travel to Westfield State for the NCAA Regional at Stanley Park. The women's race is set to get underway at 11 a.m.

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