November 20, 2006

Cross Country Caps Season At NCAA Championships

Nov. 18, 2006

WILMINGTON, Ohio - For the first time since 1994, MIT cross country was represented in both the men's and women's race at the NCAA Championships. While neither sophomore Jake Ruzevick or freshman Maria Monks were able to secure All-America honors, both capped impressive seasons in which the Engineers showed tremendous promise for the future.

Ruzevick finished 151st overall in the men's race. Times were incredibly slow across the board, with Widener's Macharia Yuot securing the individual NCAA title in a time of 26:31. Yuot had twice previously been runner-up at the event. Ruzevick finished in 29:00, while 2006 NEWMAC Champion, Mike Flint, finished 52nd for Coast Guard. The team title was won by 2005 runner-up finishers, Calvin College. Williams paced all teams from New England with a seventh-place finish.

In the women's race, Monks completed the 6,000-meter circuit in 24:54 en route to 98th place out of 279 of the nation's top harriers. As expected, the New England region showcased its muscle with three of the top five teams. Middlebury upended NESCAC rival Amherst by one point to claim the national championship.