Gengaro and Collins Lead Women's Cross Country to Seventh Place at Division III National Championship

Izzi Gengaro and Katie Collins hold their All-America trophies following the Division III National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

THE BASICS:

- Location: E.P. Tom Sawyer Park (Louisville, Ky.)

- Team Finish: 7th Place - 252 Points

- The Lead: Sophomore Izzi Gengaro (Boonton Township, N.J.) posted the best individual finish in program history for the MIT women's cross country team at the Division III National Championship as she led the Engineers to seventh place overall today in Louisville.

This year marks the 12th straight season that the nationally-ranked Engineers have produced a top-10 finish as a team at the NCAA Division III National Championship and marks the first time since the 2014 season that MIT women's cross country has had multiple All-Americans. Gengaro was joined on the All-America podium by junior Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.).

A LOOK INSIDE THE RESULTS:

- Gengaro, the 2019 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III New England Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, posted a tenth place finish with a time of 21:30.6, while Collins was right behind her in 15th with a time of 21:42.1. This year marks the seventh straight season that the Engineers have had at least one an All-American at the National Championship meet.

- Senior captain Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) crossed the finish line in 70th place with a time of 22:36.1 and she was followed by sophomore Einat Gavish (Newton, Mass.), who posted a 111th place finish with a time of 22:57.6. Senior Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) rounded out the top-five finishers for MIT as she came in 159th with a time of 23:15.6.

- Two other Engineers competed in today's Division III national championship as junior Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) finished 221st in 23.49.3 and senior captain Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) finished 270th in 24:50.4.

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