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Cross country finishes 12th at New Englands

With all five runners among the top 100, the nationally ranked No. 9 MIT women’s cross country team finished 12th as a team at the NEICAAA championship on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park. Katherine Eve led the way for the Engineers, who were third among all Division III squads in the multi-divisional meet with a total of 348 points.

Running on the familiar home course at Franklin Park, Eve completed the five-kilometer race in 18:43 to place 41st overall. Alina Gatowski was not far behind Eve, taking 44th with a time of 18:45. Tania Morimoto came through the chute 11 seconds later, good for 68th place. Martina de Geus’s time of 19:12 was enough to put her at 95th and Claire O’Connell was the 100th runner across the finish in 19:17.

Boston College secured the team title, posting four of the top five finishes and score of 26 points. Middlebury College (third) and Williams College (sixth) were the only Division III teams to finish ahead of the Cardinal and Gray.

The Engineers wrap up the regular season next Saturday, October 16 at the Connecticut College Invitational. That will be the final meet before the Championship season gets under way with the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) meet on October 30.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Jessica Oleinik scored twice to become the program’s all-time goals leader, as the MIT field hockey team moved past Wheaton College, 3-1, in a battle of conference unbeatens on Saturday afternoon. Oleinik now has 43 career tallies, one more than Stephanie Maifert. The Engineers improved to 12-1 with the win and remain perfect in NEWMAC play at 5-0.

Kameron Klauber put Tech on the board early with an unassisted marker just eight and a half minutes into the contest. The goal was her 14th of the year. Oleinik would increase the MIT lead with 11:53 to go in the first.

Wheaton scored just 27 seconds later to send the teams into halftime separated by just one.

MIT wasted no time adding an insurance tally in the second half as Oleinik put her name in the record book just 13 seconds in with help from Klauber. The Engineers kept pressure on the Wheaton defense throughout the period, taking 11 shots on goal. Keri Dixon made four of her eight stops in the second to preserve the win.

MIT now is tied atop the NEWMAC standings with Babson College at 5-0.

Tech hosts Daniel Webster College in a non-conference match-up on Thursday.

— Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff