BRUNSWICK, Maine – The MIT women and Amherst men came away with the New England Division III Regional titles on Saturday on a cold and misty day at Bowdoin College.
MIT and Middlebury earn automatic bids out of the women's regional to next week's NCAA Championship. The Amherst and Williams took the automatic berths for the men. At-large selections for both teams and individuals will be announced on Sunday. The NCAA Division III Championship will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Saturday, November 17.
Women's Meet Highlights
- MIT took its third consecutive New England regional crown in a row, placing three of the top 12 runners in the 57-team meet. The Engineers totaled 87 points followed by Middlebury with 108. Williams (115), Brandeis (136) and Tufts (159) encompassed the remainder of the top five.
- Coast Guard sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney also repeated as regional champ, easing to the victory in the 5K with a time of 20:43.74, taking first by a 20-second margin.
- Emily Bryson of Brandeis followed in 21:03.79 while Sophia Gorman (Colby, 21:22.91), Natalie Bettez (Tufts, 21:26.83) and Rory Kelly (Middlebury, 21:37.61) rounded out the top five individual finishers.
- Bowdoin was led by a personal best from senior Julia O'Rourke, who took 15th place in a time of 22:25.39. The Polar Bear women finished a strong race in ninth place.
Men's Meet Highlights
- Amherst won its first New England regional, after finishing as runners-up on several occasions over the last few seasons. The Mammoths totaled 65 points with all five runners in the top 18, defeating rival Williams (86). Middlebury (142), MIT (145) and Tufts (160) wrapped up the top-five teams.
- Plymouth State senior Sam Brunnette won the 8K race in 24:55.97, winning by less than a second over James Jones of Bates (24:56.88). Bowdoin's Sean MacDonald won a sprint to the line to take third place in a time of 24:59.61. Clark Ricciardelli (Amherst, 25:00.13) and Ryan Cox (Williams, 25:01.79) accounted for the top-five individual finishers.
- As a team, the Bowdoin men took seventh place overall with a team total of 193 points.