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Cross Country to Attend DIII Finals

By Roger F. Crosley


* The MIT men’s cross country team has qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship, which will be held this coming weekend at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. The Engineers placed third in the New England Division III Qualifier to earn the trip to the championship. Sean Nolan ’03 led the way for the Engineers with a fourth place finish. Teammate Daniel R. Feldman ’02 placed sixth.

* The last two New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference All-Conference teams have been chosen for the Fall seasons and MIT placed two players on each of the final two teams. In men’s soccer forward/midfielder Nicholas R. Nestle ’04 and defenseman Rory E. Foster ’04 were selected to the team. The pair helped lead MIT to the Conference championship game for the first time ever where the Engineers dropped the game by a 1-0 count to Wheaton College. The team’s 10-7-1 record is the best in the sport since the 1995 team had an identical record.

* MIT was represented on the Women’s volleyball All-Conference team by middle hitter Kelly A. Martens ’03 and setter Christina Almodovar ’02. Martens was the NEWMAC leader in hitting percentage, while Almodovar was second in the Conference in assists. The team lost to Springfield College in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, but qualified as the second seed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III North Women’s Volleyball Championship held this past weekend at top seeded Springfield. MIT lost to Brandeis University in its first-round match. Martens and Almodovar were also recently named to the New England Women’s Volleyball Association second-team All-New England team.

* Three MIT football players have been named to the New England Football Conference All-Conference teams that have recently been announced. Defensive back Brian D. Hoying ’03 was a first-team selection. On offense, tight end Keith V. Battocchi ’02 was a second team pick, while Robert R. Owsley ’02 earned honorable mention status at wide receiver.

* The MIT women’s soccer team defeated WPI in the first round of the ECAC Division III New England tournament last week, but was unable to beat top seeded Keene (NH) State College in the semifinals. The Engineers dropped a 3-0 decision to the Owls.

* Former MIT Baseball coach Fran O’Brien, currently head coach at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, will be honored by the Collegiate Baseball Umpires Association with the organization’s Sportsmanship Award at the CBUA Annual Dinner on November 18 at the Chateau restaurant in Waltham. The award recognizes a college player or coach that exemplifies the true spirit of sportsmanship and exhibits a sincere respect for his opponents, umpires, and the game of baseball. Parties interested in attending the event should contact Pat Burns at