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Coast Guard's Mooney Takes Fourth; MIT Women's Cross Country Places Third At NCAA Championships

Coast Guard's Mooney Takes Fourth; MIT Women's Cross Country Places Third At NCAA Championships

This release is courtesy of Coast Guard and MIT Sports Information. 

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney finished fourth overall in the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Division III National Championship in Oshkosh, Wis., while MIT women's cross country took third overall with 247 points. Mooney crossed the finish line in 21:04 earning All-America honors for the second straight season with a fourth place finish.

Junior Paige Lawler from Washington University won with a time of 20:55, senior Claire Lamb from Otterbein was second in 20:58.7 and senior Annie Rodenfels from Centre was third in 20:58.9

Mooney had another standout year for the Bears. She won the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship for the second year in a row, clocking a time of 18:38. She also earned the NEWMAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year award for the 2018 season.

Mooney won the New England Division III Championship for the second year in a row with a 20:43 time. She was also named the 2018 New England Region Athlete of the Year. The win in the New England Division III Championships guaranteed her spot in the 2018 Division III National Championship.

Led by an All-American performance from senior Leandra Zimmermann, the No. 4 ranked MIT women's cross country team finished third at the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship. The Engineers finished with 247 points as the third-place showing is MIT's highest since a third-place performance in 2015.

This marks the second straight All-American season for Zimmermann, who crossed in 17th place in a time of 21:34.2. Freshman Izzi Gengaro (Boonton Township, N.J.) was the second Engineer finisher as she finished 54th with a time of 22:12.8.

Sophomore Katie Collins was next for MIT in 72nd place, running a time of 22:22.2. Junior Jenna Melanson crossed in 89th at 22:28.4, while junior Katie Bacher was the final scoring runner for MIT in 103rd place in a time of 22:34.3.

Freshman Einat Gavish finished 133rd in her first NCAA meet in 22:48.1, followed by junior Marissa McPhillipsin 211th place with a time of 23:24. This marks the 11th straight top-10 finish at Nationals for the Engineers and their sixth straight top-five performance.

The No. 19 ranked MIT men's cross country team placed 16th with a total of 465 points over the eight-kilometer course at Lake Breeze Golf Course. 

Freshman Andrew Mah, the 2018 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, paced the Engineers in 66th place in a final time of 25.21.5. Senior Josh Rosenkranz was the second MIT finisher and 112th overall as he crossed in 25:40.6. Senior Alex Knapp finished in 148th at 25:52.3, while senior Aidan Gilson and junior Billy Woltz were in 157th and 164th place, respectively. Gilson ran a time of 25:54.8 and Woltz crossed in 25:56.9 to round out the scoring runners for MIT. Junior Josh Derrick ran a time of 26:31.8 to finish in 239th place, followed by freshman Ryan Wilson in 273rd at 27:37.1.