Middlebury Women, Williams Men Earn 2009 Cross Country Titles
Courtesy Trinity Sports Information
MANCHESTER, Conn. – The Williams College men captured their fourth consecutive NESCAC Cross Country Championship, while the Middlebury College women took the 2009 league crown at Wickham Park Sunday Afternoon.
Hamilton College's Peter Kosgei (Kapsabet, Kenya) won his third consecutive individual title, running the 8-kilometer course in 25:40, while Sophia Galleher (Denver, Colo.) of Amherst took the individual title, covering the women's 6-kilometer course in 21:39 as she won the crown by just one second over runner-up Ravenna Neville (Westfield, N.J.) of Wesleyan.
Kosgei topped runner-up Edgar Kosgey (Eldoret Rift Valley, Kenya) of Williams, by 17seconds. Josephat Koima (Eldoret Rift Valley, Kenya) of Williams placed third as he and Kosgey led the Ephs to a NESCAC-record 12th team title. Williams placed its five scoring runners in the top 13 in the race, for a team-best score of 40. Runner-up Amherst scored 88, and Tufts finished third with 90.
Kosgei joins former Eph runner Neal Holtschulte as the only individuals to win three consecutive titles. He is the third harrier to win the individual crown three times during their career.
On the women's side, Tufts’ Amy Wilfert (Westborough, Mass.) finished third, just one second behind Neville, at 21:41. The women's team title was taken by Middlebury, who finished with 49 points, as the Panthers placed their top five runners in the race's top 21 individual finishers, including four in the top 10. Middlebury earns its 10th title with the win. Williams took second place, finishing with 59 points, and Amherst took third with 71.
2009 NESCAC CROSS COUNTRY
Sunday, November 1, at Wickham Park, Manchester, Conn.
Hosted by Trinity College
Women's Championship (6k): 12:00 p.m.
Men's Championship (8k): 1:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.
Directions to Wickham Park: Wickham Park is located at 1329 West Middle Turnpike in Manchester, Conn. and is easily accessible from Interstate 84.
From east or westbound Interstate 84, take Exit 60 (Manchester-East Hartford). The park is about 500 feet west of the exit. Look for the stone gatehouse that leads to hours of relaxation and recreation.
From 291 East, take exit 5. Take a right at end of exit ramp and proceed to second stop sign. Take a left onto Longhill Drive. At stop light take a left onto Burnside Avenue. Park entrance will be on the left in approximately 1 mile.
Course Description: Wickham Park is a non-profit, private foundation whose property extends into both Manchester and East Hartford, Connecticut. The park contains 250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, sports facilities, and other attractions. The running surface for the cross country course is a combination of grass, woodchip and gravel trails that traverse many hills and is considered by many as one of the most challenging courses in New England and the country. Spikes are recommended for competitors.
Park Entrance Fee: Wickham Park charges a $5 parking fee per car.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed in the park but must be leashed.