No. 12 Men's Cross Country Earns 22nd Straight NEWMAC Championship

No. 12 Men's Cross Country Earns 22nd Straight NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

- Location: Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.)

- The Lead: On Sunday morning, the No. 12 ranked MIT men's cross country program earned its 22nd straight NEWMAC Championship with a total of 18 points as the Engineers defeated runner-up WPI by a 27-point margin. The Engineers are the only program in league history to earn the conference title as sophomore Andrew Mah (Newton, Mass.) was named as the league's Athlete of the Year for his winning effort. Finishing in second was first-year Sanjay Raman (Seattle, Wash.), who was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- Mah and Raman went out in front with David Reynolds of WPI and pulled away as the race went on. Mah eventually took the individual crown by an eight-second margin, crossing in a final time of 25:22. Raman was next for MIT in 25:30, followed by an outstanding effort from junior Finn Jacobson-Schulte (Lakeville, Minn.), who was fourth in 25:48.

- Junior Josh Derrick (Winnetka, Ill.) crossed fifth at 25:51, followed in sixth by first-year Vedang Lad (Plainsboro, N.J.) in a time of 25:53. The sixth MIT runner was sophomore Ryan Wilson (Redwood City, Calif.) in seventh place in 25:58 as sophomore Matthew Kearney (Austin, Texas) rounded out the top seven Engineers in eighth at 25:59.

In addition to those seven earning NEWMAC All-Conference accolades, senior Steven Goldy (Centennial, Colo.), sophomore Zach Johnson (La Crescenta, Calif.) and first-year Sam Acquaviva (Newburyport, Mass.) were also All-Conference honorees for finishing in the top-14. Goldy was ninth in 26:04, followed by Johnson in 13th at 26:29 and Acquaviva in 14th with a time of 26:34.

- The Engineers are currently ranked No. 12 in the USTFCCCA National Poll and second in the New England regional rankings.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, November 16th as the Engineers travel to Bowdoin College for the NCAA New England Regional Championship. The Engineers will be in search of their third regional title in the last four years and fourth overall. 

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