Bowdoin Men, Williams Women Win 2002 Cross Country Championship
Courtesy Tufts Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. - The Bowdoin College men's cross country team defended their title defeating ten institutions at the 2002 NESCAC Cross Country Championships . Williams College held on to their number one national ranking by out distancing a strong field of women to earn the 2002 Women's Cross Country Championship. The William women defeated defending four-time NESCAC Champion, and two-time NCAA Champion Middlebury to earn their first title since 1997.
Bowdoin, who posted a team score of 48 to win the event, showed depth in their victory placing four runners in the top 10. The Polar Bears were paced by senior Patrick Vardaro who placed fifth with a time of 25:49. Ryan Bak of Trinity College won the event for a second consecutive year breaking the course record by over a minute with a time of 24:32. Bates senior Justin Easter finished 53 second behind the leader to take second place honors. Bak's teammate, Trinity senior Robert Emord finished fourth (25:44).
Williams' men placed second with a team score of 77 led by third place finisher Karl Remsen (25:29) and Andy Golden (25:55). Bates finished third (116), followed by Connecticut College (122), Tufts (123) and Trinity (140). The top seven finishers earned First-Team all-NESCAC honors including Bak, Easter, Remsen, Emord, Vardaro, Golden and Adam Fitzgerald of Connecticut College.
Four Williams women placed in the top eight including medalist Caroline Cretti who won the race setting a new course record in a time of 17:35. Teammates Julia Bensen (18:02) and Michelle Rorke (18:08) finished second and fourth respectively. Williams won the event with a team score of 30. Middlebury had four finishers in the top 10 enroute to their second place team finish (50) followed by Bowdoin (107), Wesleyan (142), Bates (147) and Trinity (152). First-Team all-NESCAC honorees include Cretti, Bensen, Rorke, Middlebury's Michela Adrian (18:03), Jessica Manzer (18:13) and Sarah Logan (18:22) along with Amherst's Carter Hamill (18:21).