HADLEY, Mass. – Williams junior Ryan Cox (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Colby sophomore Sophia Gorman (Charlotte, Vt.) were named the NESCAC Most Outstanding Performers following the 2018 NESCAC Cross Country Championships hosted by Tufts on Saturday. The annual honor is given to the individuals who finished first at the conference championship meet.
• Cox, who also earned All-NESCAC First Team honors for the first time in his career, posted a winning time of 25:27.8 over the 8K course at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., leading the Ephs to a second-place finish. Cox is the fifth runner from Williams to earn NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer honors since 2000.
• Amherst won its second straight NESCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship as senior Cosmo Brossy and junior Clark Ricciardelli finished among the top seven racers. Brossy, a third-place finisher earned All-NESCAC honors for the third straight season and is a repeat First Team performer. Ricciardelli finished sixth and collected his second straight All-NESCAC First Team honor.
• The Connecticut College duo of junior Danny Aschale and senior Scott Mason finished second and seventh, respectively, and repeated as All-NESCAC First Team performers. Aschale also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team in 2016.
• Bowdoin senior Sean MacDonald earned his first All-NESCAC honor, finishing fourth overall to pace the Polar Bears.
• Sophomore Eli Decker, Colby’s leading runner all season, earned All-NESCAC honors for the first time in his career, finishing fifth to lead the Mules.
• Elias Lindgren, a first-year from Williams, posted a time of 26.27.7 and was the first first-year runner across the finish line, to earn Rookie of the Year honors. He is the seventh Eph to garner the award.
• Amherst head coach Cassie Funke-Harris was selected as the NESCAC Men’s Coach of the Year in her first season coaching the men’s team. It marks the third straight season an Amherst coach has been recognized with the award.
Men's All-Conference Teams
Most Outstanding Performer: Ryan Cox, Williams
Rookie of the Year: Elias Lindgren, Williams
Coach of the Year: Cassie Funke-Harris, Amherst
Women's All-Conference Teams
Most Outstanding Performer: Sophia Gorman, Colby
Rookie of the Year: Cassie Kearney, Middlebury
Coach of the Year: Nicole Wilkerson, Middlebury