WINNECONNE, Wis. – The Amherst men’s team placed sixth and the Williams women’s team finished seventh to pace the NESCAC contingents at the NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships, which were hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
Washington University outlasted Johns Hopkins to win the women’s title by a point, 98 points to 99 points. North Central (Ill.) claimed the men’s title with 43 points, 67 points better than runner-up Washington U.
All four NESCAC women’s teams finished in the top 20, led by the Ephs who registered 283 points. Middlebury placed eighth with 301 points and was followed by Tufts (370 points) in 12th place and Bates (480 points) in 17th place.
Washington University’s Paige Lawler won the women’s individual title. She posted a winning time of 20:55.0, three second better than the second-place finisher.
Colby’s Sophia Gorman, the 2018 NESCAC Champion and a third-place finisher at the NCAA Division III New England Regional, was the first conference runner across the finish line. She posted a time of 21:28.6 over the 6K course to finish 11th overall and earn All-America honors. Middlebury’s Rory Kelly (21:48.2) was 27th, followed by Katie Barker of Bates (21:53.1) in 34th place and Cassie Kearney, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, in 37th with a time of 21:55.7. All three athletes also earned All-America honors for finishing among the top 40 runners.
On the men’s side, Amherst and Williams finished in the top 10 in the team standings. The Mammoths posted a score of 253 points to finish sixth and Williams was eighth with 300 points. Middlebury finished 15th (411 points) and was followed by Tufts (601 points) and Bates (604 points) in 25th and 26th place, respectively.
The North Central (Ill.) duo of Dhruvil Patel and Al Baldonado finished 1-2 in the men’s race. Patel registered a time of 24:24.5 to take first place and was followed by Baldonado (24:29.7).
Williams' Ryan Cox, the 2018 NESCAC Champion, paced the runners from the conference, finishing sixth overall with a time of 24:37.2 over the 8-kilometer course. Amherst’s Clark Ricciardelli finished 25th with a time of 24:53.2, while Scott Mason of Connecticut College posted a time of 24:53.5 to finish 26th. James Jones of Bates (24:53.8) followed in 28th place. Danny Aschale (24:56.4), of Connecticut College and the NESCAC Runner-Up, finished 35th and Bowdoin's Sean MacDonald (24:59.2) finished 39th to round out the NESCAC runners who earned All-America honors.