The Middlebury cross country teams took part in the NCAA Championship meets hosted by Principia College at a cold and rainy Principia North Farm Course in Elsah, Illinois. The Panther women finished 11th among 32 teams with 400 points, while the men's squad was 15th in a 32-team race with 416 points. Abigail Nadler earned All-American honors for the third-straight year with her seventh-place finish, while Ascencion Aispuro nabbed All-American accolades for the men. The Johns Hopkins women (96 points) and the North Central (Ill.) men (57 points) each took home team national crowns.
Nadler led the Panther women in a race consisting of 279 runners, covering the 6K course with a time of 21:00.9. She is a three-time All-American after her 15th-place effort last fall and 28th-place run in 2015. Next for Middlebury was Rory Kelly in 88th place (22:09.3), followed by Katherine MacCary, who took home 116th place (22:20.7). Placing 180th in the race was Meg Wilson with a time of 22:47.9, while Read Allen was 185th overall in 22:50.0 to wrap up the Panther scorers. Also competing for Middlebury were Alexis Jakubowski in 193rd place (22:54.3) and Katherine Glew in 213th place (23:02.8).
Khia Kurtenbach of Chicago claimed the individual women's title with a run of 20:39.2.
On the men's side, Aispuro paced the squad in 32nd place out of 279 runners, crossing the line over the 8K course with a time of 24:54.26. Next for the Panthers was Matt D'Aquila in 90th place (25:26.91), followed by Theo Henderson in 147th place (25:45.33). Harrison Knowlton finished on Henderson's heels in 156th place with a time of 25:47.48, while Miles Meijer rounded out the Middlebury scorers in 163rd place (25:49.55). Also competing at the race for the Panthers were Andrew Michelson in 178th place (25:54.42) and Henry Fleming in 208th place (26:11.47).
Wisconsin Eau-Claire's Darin Lau won the men's individual crown in a time of 24:03.59.