WESTFIELD, Mass. – Coming off its sixth consecutive win at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship a few weeks ago, No. 1 MIT came in first at the New England Division III Regional Championship.
The win earned MIT an automatic bid to the NCAA championship on Nov. 17.
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The Engineers placed four runners in the top 12 of the 6k course, with sophomore Elaine McVay crossing the line first for MIT in fifth place overall with a time of 21:43.53.
Following close behind McVay were senior Brooke Johnson in eighth, freshman Nicole Zeinstra in 10th and junior Kaitlin Allen in 12th, all finishing within 20 seconds of each other. Junior Martina de Geus also earned All-New England honors by placing 23rd with a time of 22:13.98.
NEWMAC Rookie of the Year Sarah Quinn finished with a time of 22:21.15 and junior Alexandra Taylor rounded out the MIT runners in 45th place with a time of 22:42.29.
Amherst’s Keri Lambert won the race in 20:48.94, with Addie Tousley of Middlebury, and Kaleigh Kenny and Adrienne Strait of Williams rounding out the top five finishers.
MIT finished with 58 points, followed by rival No. 3 Williams with 75 points and fifth-ranked Middlebury with 89.
No. 24 Bates came in fourth place with 145 points and No. 17 Amherst was fifth with 190. Both MIT and Williams received automatic berths to NCAAs, while the other three are strong contenders to receive invitations.