Courtesy of Bowdoin College Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Tufts men and Williams women claimed the crowns at the 2012 NESCAC Cross Country Championships hosted by Bowdoin on Saturday.
Coby Horowitz of Bowdoin earned the men's individual title with a time of 24:26.78, edging Tufts' Matt Rand in the final stretch to win by a half-second. He is the first Polar Bear to win the event since Stephen Allison in 2000.
Amherst's Keri Lambert ran away and hid from the field in the women's race, crushing the course record in a time 20:33.45 and out-distancing second-place Addie Tousley of Middlebury by 47 seconds. She is the fourth Jeff to win the event in the past six years.
In the men's 8-kilometer team race, Tufts finished with 66 points thanks to five finishers in the top 20. The NESCAC title is their fourth overall and first since winning three-straight from 2003-05.
The Jumbos barely held off Middlebury, who totaled 69 points and had their top five finish in the top 22. The host Polar Bears claimed third (88), edging in-state rival Bates (89) by a single point. Williams (97) took fifth, followed by Wesleyan (164), Amherst (196), Connecticut College (199), Colby (241), Hamilton (281) and Trinity (362).
The women's 6-kilomter team event was a record-breaker, as the top six runners all beat the previous course standard. Williams was able to defend its 2011 championship, with a trio of runners in the top five. Kaleigh Kenny led the way with a third place time of 21:37.80.
The Ephs posted 45 points to handily take first place over Middlebury (71), who had three finishers in the top 11. Amherst was third (107), followed by Bates and Tufts in a tie for fourth (138). Wesleyan (153), Bowdoin (161), Colby (186), Hamilton (215), Connecticut College (285) and Trinity (355) rounded out the field.