Williams Men, Amherst Women Claim Cross Country Titles

Courtesy Connecticut College Sports Information

WATERFORD, Conn. - On a rainy Saturday in New England, the Williams Men's Cross Country and the Amherst Women's Cross Country teams came away with NESCAC Cross Country titles at Harkness Memorial State Park. The Eph Men's Cross Country team claimed their first NESCAC Men's Cross Country Championship since 2000 by placing four runners in the top 10 and finishing with a score of 30, ahead of second place Bowdoin which finished with a score of 81. On the Women's side, Amherst earned its first NESCAC Women's Cross Country crown, finishing with a score of 64 to edge out second place Tufts (69) and Williams (70).

Williams College placed five of the top 10 finishers on Saturday, winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference men's cross country championship with a score of 30 points. Bowdoin College finished second with 81 points and Amherst was a distant third with 144 points. Trinity College sophomore Hunter Norte (Ellington, Conn.) was the individual champion, posting a time of 26:13 on the 8k course.

Connecticut College sophomore Brian Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) finished second with a time of 26:26 on his home course. Brendan Christian (Chicago, Ill.) and Colin Carroll (West Hartford, Conn.) finished third and fourth overall for Williams with respective times of 26:31 and 26:33. Archie Abrams (Lexington, Mass.) finished fifth, logging a time of 26:35 for Bowdoin College. The NESCAC media relations office will formally announce the all conference team at a later date.

On the women's side, Amherst College placed four of the top 15 runners Saturday afternoon, topping the 11 team field in the 2006 NESCAC Women's Cross Country Championship. Junior Kim Partee (Brentwood, Tenn.) paced the Lord Jeffs with a sixth place finish of 23:18 on the 6k course. Tufts University finished a close second with 69 points. Williams scored 70 points in a third place performance and Middlebury College was fourth with with 71 points.

Tuft University junior Katy O'Brien (North Easton, Mass.) was the individual champion with a winning time of 22:49. Tufts junior Cat Beck (Brookline, N.H.) posted a time of 23:07 as the runner up. Wesleyan senior Ellen Davis (Marshall, N.C.) was third with a time of 23:08. Middlebury College senior Andrea Giddings (South Portland, Maine) finished fourth with a time of 23:15. Colby College senior Karen Prisby (Agawam, Mass.) logged a time of 23:16 en route to a fifth place finish. The NESCAC media relations office will formally announce the all-conference team at a later date.

Just seven points separated the top four scoring teams. Saturday's Championship field at Waterford featured five of the top 12 women's cross country teams in the nation: #2 Amherst, #4 Middlebury, #7 Tufts, #9 Williams, and #12 Colby College. Weather was a significant factor as driving rain, wind and standing water forced runners to make the necessary adjustments in their strides on the soggy seaside course.


Complete Individual Men's Results   ---   Complete Individual Women's Results


Men's team scores:  
1. Williams 30
2. Bowdoin 81
3. Amherst 144
4. Trinity 148
5. Wesleyan 156
6. Middlebury 158
7. Connecticut College   
8. Tufts 171
9. Bates 172
10. Colby 192
11. Hamilton 314
Women's team scores:  
1. Amherst 64
2. Tufts 69
3. Williams 70
4. Middlebury 71
5. Colby 113
6. Connecticut College 184
7. Bates 209
8. Wesleyan 219
9. Bowdoin 228
10. Hamilton 299
11. Trinity 320