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The nationally-ranked no. 10 MIT women’s cross country team captured first place out of a field of 16 teams from across the country at the Division III Pre-National Cross Country meet, hosted by Hanover College on the site of the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Also competing at Hanover, the nationally-ranked no. 21 MIT men’s cross country team earned an impressive sixth place finish. The women edged Bethel University by two points for the best team finish at a national meet in the program’s history.

Jacqueline M. Wentz ’10 paced the Engineers, finishing the six-kilometer course in 22:47, good for seventh place overall. Anna M. Holt-Gosselin ’11 finished in 23:05 led a group of three straight MIT finishers, placing 13th. Andrea E. Bradshaw ’09 and Janice O’Brien ’12 were next to cross the finish line.

Tania K. Morimoto ’12 placed 29th running a 23:58, Alicia J. Kaestli ’12 was just behind her with a time of 24:00. Kathryn A. Gordon ’11 rounded out the scoring for the Engineers, finishing 37th.

Marie Borner of Bethel University was the top overall finisher with a time of 21:24.

For the men, Hemagiri Arumugam ’10 once again led the Engineers, completing the eight-kilometer course in 26:08 and placing 12th overall. Running for the first time this season, Jake J. Ruzevick ’09 finished 15th with a time of 26:10. Jeremiah “Yermie” R. Cohen ’09 was the next MIT runner across the finish line at 26:58, good for 56th overall.

Dan Greeno of Bethel University was the top overall finisher on the men’s side, beating out Tony Dipre of Allegheny College by two seconds. Allegheny captured first place in the men’s team competition.