Williams Men Finish Second, Middlebury Women Fourth at NCAA Cross Country Championships
Courtesy Baldwin-Wallace Sports Information
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Williams College men's cross country team finished second with 181 points, while the Middlebury women's cross country team claimed fourth with a score of 245 at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace at the Highland Park Golf Course.
On the men's side, North Central (Ill.) won the team championship with 50 points, with Williams finishing second, followed by Allegheny, New York U., Cortland St., Geneseo St., Washington University (Mo.), Haverford, Wisconsin-Platteville, and Wisconsin-La Crosse.
It was North Central’s 13th team national championship in cross country, but first in 10 years. The margin of victory (131 points) was the largest in the history of the Division III men's national meet.
Lynchburg’s (Va.) Ricky Flynn won the men’s NCAA Division III cross country championship. Peter Kosgei of Hamilton, the 2008 NCAA champion, eased up in the last mile. He finished 43rd overall. Finishing among the top 10 runners were seniors Edgar Kosgey of Williams (3rd) and Jesse Faller of Tufts (8th).
For the women, Wisconsin Eau Claire won the women’s team championship, its first ever. The Blugolds accomplished the team title with having little spacing among runners, since its highest runner, Alyssa Sybilrud finished 21st overall and 14th in the team race.
Wesleyan senior Ravenna Neville was the top NESCAC finisher on the women's side, placing 22nd.