The Middlebury cross country teams took part in the NCAA Championship meets hosted by Spalding University and the Louisville Sports Commission at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The Panther women finished 14th among 32 teams, while the men’s squad was 24th in a 32-team race. Sophomore Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) earned All-American honors with her 15th-place finish out of 248 runners. The Johns Hopkins women and the North Central (Ill.) men each took home team national crowns.
Nadler led the Panther women, covering the course with a time of 21:02.6. She is a two-time All-American after her 18th-place effort in 2015. Next for Middlebury was senior Sasha Whittle (New York, N.Y.) in 107th place (21:02.0), followed by senior Catie Skinner (Philadelphia, Pa.), who took home 123rd place (22:05.8). Placing 182nd in the race was rookie Meg Wilson (Concord, Mass.) with a time of 22:30.0, while sophomore Katherine MacCary (Los Angeles, Calif.) was 193rd overall in 22:34.7 to wrap up the Panther scorers. Also competing for Middlebury were junior Isabella Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) in 238th (22:59.7) and sophomore Alexis Jakubowski (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) in 249th (23:11.6).
On the men’s side, senior Brian Rich (Concord, Mass.) paced the squad in 71st place out of 278 participants, crossing the line over the 8K course with a time of 25:15.7. Next for the Panthers were junior Ascencion Aispuro (Maywood, Calif.) in 118th place (25:29.5), followed by junior Kevin Serrao (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) in 205th place (26:11.6). Senior Brendan Wood (Lincolnshire, Ill.) finished right behind Serrao in 207th place with a time of 26:12.2, while sophomore Harrison Knowlton (Turner, Maine) rounded out the Middlebury scorers in 217th place (26:19.0). Also competing at the race for the Panthers were sophomore Miles Meijer (Mountain View, Calif.) in 249th place (26:40.6) and sophomore Connor Evans (Amherst, Mass.) in 272nd place (27:39.6).
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