The Middlebury cross country teams began their respective 2017 seasons by winning the Vermont Tech Invitational. The women, ranked ninth nationally, finished with 25 points to win the title over Southern New Hampshire (42) and Vermont Tech (74), while the 19th-ranked men claimed the team title scoring 20 points ahead of SNHU (41), Vermont Tech (92) and Amaugusta (104). The Panthers return to action next Saturday when they host the Aldrich Invitational. The men's race starts at 1:00 p.m., while the women's competition begins at 2:00 p.m.
Leading the Panther women to the finish line was Talia Ruxin with a runner-up effort. In a 5K race comprised of 28 women, the Panthers earned five of the top-eight spots. Ruxin crossed the stripe with a time of 19:19, while Katherine MacCary was right behind in third place (19:24). Meg Wilson was next in fifth place (19:55), while Rory Kelly (seventh, 20:11) and Claire Gomba (eighth, 20:17) completed the scorers.
During the men's 8K race consisting of 37 participants, Panther scorers filled spots two through six in the final results. Miles Meijer led Middlebury with a runner-up finish (27:14), while Theo Henderson was the next to cross in third place (27:16). Harrison Knowlton wound up in the fourth spot (27:27, while Jack Litowitz (fifth, 27:31) and Nathan Hill (sixth, 27:33) rounded out the scorers.