Amherst and Middlebury Capture NESCAC Cross Country Titles

Amherst and Middlebury Capture NESCAC Cross Country Titles

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

BOSTON, Mass.  – The Middlebury College women’s cross country team won its 14th NESCAC Championship and the Amherst College men’s cross country team captured its second straight NESCAC title on a rainy Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. Tufts hosted the 2018 NESCAC Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2002.

MEN'S RESULTS | WOMEN'S RESULTS

Middlebury head coach Nicole Wilkerson’s team placed all five scorers in the top 15 to win the event with a 47 team score.

The Panthers ended Williams’ three-year run as NESCAC Champs and won their first title since 2014. The Ephs were the runner-up with a team score of 73 and Wesleyan (84 points) followed in third place.

Colby College sophomore Sophia Gorman won the individual title by a healthy margin with a time of 21:54.8 across the muddy six-kilometer course. Tufts senior Natalie Bettez was 14 seconds behind her as the runner-up (22:08.4).

Middlebury - 2018 NESCAC Women's Cross Country Champion Senior Rory Kelly led the victorious Panthers with a third-place finish of 22:30.1. She was followed by rookie teammate Cassie Kearney in fourth place (22:35.9). Also scoring for Middlebury was sophomore Tasha Greene in 11th (23:06 flat), senior Claire Gomba in 14th (23:09.7) and sophomore Katie Glew in 15th (23:11.5).

Gorman, Bettez, Kelly, and Kearney were joined by Bates senior Katie Barker (22:37.8), Williams junior Emma Hermann (22:47.5), and Wesleyan junior Sara Pinsonault (22:51.8) as All-NESCAC First Team (top seven) performers.

Along with Middlebury’s Greene and Gomba on the All-NESCAC Second Team (places eight through 14) were Wesleyan sophomore Rebecca Lopez-Anido (22:58.5), Williams senior Emily Harris (23:03.8), Williams junior Audrey Rustad (23:05.6), Bates senior Ayden Eickhoff (23:06.8), and Colby senior Helen Chavey (23:07.3).

Amherst - 2018 NESCAC Men's Cross Country Champion After winning their first-ever conference crown last season, the Mammoths repeated today with a team score of 60 points as their top five finishers all scored in the top 25. Amherst was led by senior Cosmo Brossy’s third-place time of 25:29.3. Junior Clark Ricciardelli (25:48.3) and senior Tucker Meijer (26:00.8) finished sixth and 10th, respectively. Sophomore Ajay Sarathy in 16th (26:11.8) and sophomore Billy Massey (26:23.1) in 25th rounded out the scoring for head coach Cassie Funke-Harris' team.

Second-place Williams College (86 points) was led by individual champion Ryan Cox. The junior out-legged a pack of four runners down the stretch to win the race with a time of 25:27.8. Connecticut College junior Danny Aschale (25:29 flat), Brossy and Bowdoin senior Sean McDonald (25:29.8) were all within two seconds behind Cox in the eight-kilometer race.

Third-place Middlebury College was right on Williams’ heels with a team score of 88 points.

In addition to the top four individuals, Colby sophomore Eli Decker (25:41.3), Ricciardelli, and Connecticut College senior Scott Mason (25:53.4) earn All-NESCAC First Team accolades for placing among the top seven.

All-NESCA Second Team performers (spots eight through 14) were Bates junior James Jones (25:56.6), Middlebury senior Jon Perlman (25:57.6), Meijer, Connecticut College senior Price Day (26:02.8), Williams sophomore Aidan Ryan (26:05.9), Middlebury junior Theo Henderson (26:07.3) and Tufts senior Colin Raposo (26:07.5).

MEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Amherst - 60 pts.
2. Williams - 86 pts.
3. Middlebury - 88 pts.
4. Bates - 111 pts.
5. Connecticut College - 148 pts.
6. Bowdoin - 156 pts.
7. Tufts - 159 pts.
8. Colby - 185 pts.
9. Trinity - 241 pts.
10. Wesleyan - 276 pts.
11. Hamilton - 285 pts.

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Middlebury - 47 pts.
2. Williams - 73 pts.
3. Wesleyan - 84 pts.
4. Tufts - 124 pts.
5. Bates - 128 pts.
6. Colby - 154 pts.
7. Bowdoin - 164 pts.
8. Amherst - 213 pts.
9. Hamilton - 226 pts.
9. Trinity - 226 pts.
11. Connecticut College - 249 pts