Courtesy of Bates Sports Information
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine - The Amherst men and Williams women cross country teams claimed the NESCAC titles by at the conference meet hosted by Bates College at Pineland Farms on Saturday.
Amherst won the NESCAC Men's Cross Country Championship for the first time since the meet became an official conference championship in 1983, outpacing runner-up Middlebury.
Mohamed Hussein took first place out of 150 individuals to lead the Mammoths, covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:07.3. Hussein was also the conference individual champion in 2015, becoming Amherst's second-ever conference champion. Clark Ricciardelli and Cosmo Brossy placed fourth and fifth, respectively, for the Mammoths.
Amherst scored 35 points, outpacing Middlebury (66) with relative ease. Meet host Bates College, led by sixth-place finisher Zach Magin, captured third place with 109 points, the Bobcats' highest finish since 2011.
Connecticut College (115) came in fourth place, led by individual runner-up Scott Mason and third-place finisher Danny Aschale. Williams College, the defending champion for four years running, placed fifth (126).
Tufts (161) came in sixth place, followed by Bowdoin (192), Hamilton (198), Trinity (237), Wesleyan (246) and Colby (261).
Amherst saw all five of its scoring runners finish among the top 14. Hussein, Ricciardelli and Brossy will earn First Team All-NESCAC honors. Kristian Sogaard placed 11th and Tucker Meijer came in 14th to earn Second Team honors.
Harrison Knowlton placed seventh to lead Middlebury, followed by Ascencion Aispuro in eighth place.
Williams won the NESCAC Women's Cross Country Championship for the third straight year and the 15th time overall since the meet became an official conference championship in 1983, beating out runner-up Middlebury 62 points to 77.
Tufts placed third with 82, followed by host Bates College in fourth (90). Amherst (133) rounded out the top five, led by individual champion Nicky Roberts.
Bowdoin (188) took sixth place, followed in succession by Wesleyan (194) in seventh, Colby (196) in eighth, Hamilton (233) in ninth, Trinity (241) in 10th and Connecticut College (313) in 11th place.
Roberts became Amherst's eighth NESCAC individual champion and the Mammoths' sixth different individual champion since 2007. She finished the 6-kilometer course at Pineland Farms in 21:19.9, 34 seconds ahead of runner-up Victoria Kingham of Williams (21:53.9). Colby's Caitlin Lawlor (22:02.9), Bates' Katherine Cook (22:05.0), Tufts' Brittany Bowman (22:09.8), Tufts' Natalie Bettez (22:11.5) and Middlebury's Kate MacCary (22:22.5) rounded out the top seven.
After Kingham's runner-up finish, the champion Ephs received 11th- and 12th-place finishes from Anna Harleen (22:34.9) and Audrey Rustad (22:35.7). Stella Worters (23:01.5) and Emily Sundquist (23:10.1) rounded out Williams' scoring in 17th and 20th places.