The Middlebury cross country teams began their respective 2016 seasons by competing at the Dartmouth Invitational at the Hanover Country Club. The women, ranked eighth nationally, finished second of three teams behind host Dartmouth, while the 21st-ranked men were third of four squads in back of the host Big Green and runner-up UMass Lowell.
On a course that is traditionally tough and hilly, sophomore Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) led the Panther women to the finish line. In a 6K race comprised of 39 women, Nadler crossed the stripe in eighth place (23:47.15), while senior Erzsie Nagy (Albion, Maine) was right behind in 10th place (23:51.27). Senior Alyssa Taylor (Concord, Mass.) was next in 16th place (24:23.65), while sophomore Katherine MacCary (Los Angeles, Calif.) in 17th (24:34.72) and senior Sasha Whittle (New York, N.Y.) in 19th (24:45.64) completed the scorers.
During the men’s 8K race consisting of 45 participants, senior Brian Rich (Concord, Mass.) led the Panther scorers with a 12th-place finish (26:12.45). Sophomore Miles Meijer (Mountain View, Calif.) was the next to cross in 20th place (26:40.22), while sophomore Connor Evans (Amherst, Mass.) wound up 24th (26:47.85). Sophomore Jonathan Perlman (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) was just seconds behind in 26th place (26:50.44), while junior Kevin Serrao (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) rounded out the scorers for the men via a 27th-place effort (26:51.72).
• Cross Country Teams compete at Dartmouth Invitational
• Up next: 9/24 – at Purple Valley Classic (hosted by Williams)