No. 3 Women's Cross Country Runs to 13th Straight NEWMAC Title

No. 3 Women's Cross Country Runs to 13th Straight NEWMAC Title


- Location: Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.)

- The Lead: On Sunday afternoon, the No. 3 ranked MIT women's cross country program earned its 13th straight NEWMAC Championship with a total of 19 points as the Engineers defeated runner-up Mount Holyoke by a 61-point margin. The Engineers are the only program since 2007 to capture the conference title as sophomore Izzi Gengaro (Boonton Township, N.J.) earned NEWMAC Athlete of the Year honors as she earned her first individual league championship.


- Gengaro, senior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) and junior Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) went out at the front of the pack from the outset. Gengaro eventually pulled out to a comfortable lead and crossed in a time of 21:58. Bacher finished as the runner-up in 22:19, followed by Collins in third with a time of 22:27. 

- Sophomore Einat Gavish (Newton, Mass.) crossed in sixth behind Hannah and Madeline Rieders of Mount Holyoke as she finished at 22:57. Junior Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) was seventh in 23:01, followed by senior Marissa McPhillips (Narrangansett, R.I.) in ninth with a time of 23:12. Sophomore Alana Chandler (Chicago, Ill.) rounded out the top seven for the Engineers as she placed 14th in 23:27. 

- Each of the MIT top seven were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Team.

- The Engineers are ranked No. 3 in the latest USTFCCCA National Poll and hold the top spot in the New England regional rankings. MIT has now won three straight meets with the Greater Louisville Classic Pre-Nationals Meet, the Connecticut College Invitational and the NEWMAC Championship.


- 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 fourth straight regional title and seventh overall.


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