Connecticut College's LeDuc Wins NCAA Cross Country Title; Eph Women Second

Connecticut College's LeDuc Wins NCAA Cross Country Title; Eph Women Second

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– Connecticut College’s Michael LeDuc (Canton, Conn.) capped off the season by claiming individual honors, as the senior crossed the finish line of the 8-kilometer race in a time of 24:29.3 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships hosted by Hanover College on Saturday.

LeDuc, who finished nearly four seconds ahead of the runner-up, became the fifth NESCAC harrier to win the men’s individual title and the first since Hamilton’s Peter Kosgei did so in 2008. The national championship marks LeDuc’s second national title in seven months, as he won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The Williams women’s cross country team posted the NESCAC’s top team finish by placing second with 137 points behind Johns Hopkins, which tallied 85 points. Conference-champion Middlebury finished third after recording 185 points, while Tufts turned in a 13th-place finish with a team score of 382.

Eph senior Kaleigh Kenny closed out her collegiate career with a third-place result (21:23.7) to pace the conference individual finishers. Senior Abby Barker of Tufts placed 16th with a time of 21:45.1 followed by Williams first-year Hannah Cole, who beat out Bowdoin sophomore Lucy Skinner for 29th by nearly a second with a time of 21:56.8. St. Scholastica’s Chelsea Johnson garnered top honors with a time of 21:11.7.

On the men's side, the Ephs paced the conference with a score of 218, coming in fifth. Williams was one of two NESCAC squads to finish in the top 10, as the conference champion Ephs were joined by Middlebury in seventh (297). Other conference finishes included Tufts in 17th (446), Colby in 22nd (529) and Bates tied for 24th (541). St. Olaf edged North Central (Ill.) by two points to capture the men’s team title with 84 points.

In addition to LeDuc’s individual first-place finish, Bowdoin senior Coby Horowitz placed 12th out of 275 with a time of 25:02.4. Senior Greg Krathwohl of Middlebury claimed 16th (25:05.8), and Williams junior Colin Cotton (25:09.7) finished 26th.

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