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Gray Wins Academic All-American Honor

By Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information

Brad Gray '98 recently became the first MIT athlete to be named the GTE College Sports Information Directors of America College Division Academic All-American of the Year. The selection of Gray and University of Tennessee star Peyton Manning marks the first time in history that the honor was awarded to two football players.

The varsity and women's sailing teams have each qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championships. This is the first time that both teams have qualified in the same year. The varsity squad will compete at Old Dominion University against the top seven teams from the New England region, the top seven teams from the Mid-Atlantic region, and the top two teams from the South Atlantic region. The breakdown of the women's field is the same, with that championship being held at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Competition will take place November 14-15.

The men's cross country team claimed the first championship in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference history last weekend with a resounding victory over the other six teams in the conference. MIT claimed the top five spots in the meet scoring a perfect 15 points. The Engineers were led by Mark Strauss '01 who covered the five mile course in 26:01.80. Strauss was also named the NEWMAC Runner of the Year.

In other NEWMAC action, the field hockey team lost to Smith College in the semifinal round of the conference tournament. The women's soccer team also dropped a quarterfinal game to Clark University, and the women's cross country squad finished seventh in the 10 team conference championship.

This week the NEWMAC will conduct championships in women's volleyball and men's soccer. The second seeded women's volleyball team will play the winner of the first round match between Mount Holyoke College and Babson College on Saturday at Babson. The sixth seeded men's soccer team will travel to second seed Springfield College for a first round game on Wednesday.