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Coast Guard's Mooney and MIT's Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Headed To NCAA Champhionships

Coast Guard's Mooney and MIT's Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Headed To NCAA Champhionships

Portions of this release courtesy of Coast Guard and MIT Athletics. 

WESTWOOD, Mass. - One individual runner and two teams are headed to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 17th in Winneconne, Wis. 

Coast Guard sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney won the NCAA Division III New England Championship in Brunswick, Maine for the second straight season leading Coast Guard to an eighth place finish at Bowdoin College. Mooney won with a time of 20:43 besting the field by 20 seconds, earning an automatic bid to nationals and USTFCCA All-Region honors. Last year, she won with a school-record time of 20:22 and would go on to earn All-America honors with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship.

Led by five All-Region performers, the No. 4 ranked MIT women's cross country captured its third straight and seventh overall NCAA New England Regional Championship with a total of 87 points on Saturday morning. The victory gives the Engineers an automatic berth in next week's NCAA National Championship.

Senior Leandra Zimmermann was the top performer for MIT as she finished sixth in a time of 21:42.65 over the 6K course. Junior Jenna Melanson (La Center, Wash.) crossed in 10th at 22:17.96, followed by sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) with a great race to finish in 12th with a time of 22:19.41. Junior Katie Bacher finished 27th as the fourth Engineer finisher in a time of 22:39.86, while freshman Einat Gavishwas 32nd at 22:46.19. Sophomore Emily Niu finished 77th in a time of 23:32.84 and junior Marissa McPhillips rounded out the team in 86th place at 23:43.49.

Earning USTFCCCA All-Region honors for their top-35 finishes were Zimmermann, Melanson, Collins, Bacher and Gavish.

The MIT men's cross country team earned an At-Large bid into te NCAA Championship. The Engineers finished fourth overall with 145 points at the New England Regional Championship. Freshman Andrew Mah was the top rookie in the region as he finished 13th in a time of 25:23.66. Senior Josh Rosenkranz was up next in 19th place at 25:42.82, followed by junior Josh Derrick in 31st at 25:54.86.

Race times, course map, and live stats can be found here