Cross Country Women Runner Up, Men Third at NCAA Regionals; Both Teams Will Compete at NCAA Championships

The Panther women pose with their runner-up trophy. (Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/Bowdoin Athletics)
The Panther women pose with their runner-up trophy. (Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/Bowdoin Athletics)

The fifth-ranked Middlebury women's cross country team finished as the runner-up among 57 teams competing, while the 13th-ranked men were third among 58 squads at the NCAA Regional Championships. Races were hosted by Bowdoin at the Pickard Cross Country Course. The women received an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, while the men garnered an at-large bid. The races will be contested on Saturday in Winneconne, Wisconsin at the Lake Breeze Golf Club.

  • The fifth-ranked Panther women scored 108 points to finish in the runner-up spot. Fourth-ranked MIT won the women’s title with 87 points just ahead of the Panthers and seventh-ranked Williams in third with 115 points.
  • Senior Rory Kelly (Winnetka, Ill.) was the first to finish for the Panther women, placing fifth overall with a time of 21:37.61. Finishing in eighth place out of 399 competitors was rookie Cassie Kearney (Rockland, Mass.), who covered the 6K course in 22:09.79. Senior Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) was next for the Panthers in 28th place (22:42.81).
  • The 13th-ranked men turned in a third-place effort with 142 points, as ninth-ranked Amherst won the team crown with 65 points, followed by 12th-ranked Williams (86) and the Panthers.
  • Senior Jonathan Perlman (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) and junior Henry Fleming (San Rafael, Calif.) led the Panther men, finishing in the top 15 among 391 competitors. Perlman raced to a 10th-place finish of 25:18.86, while Fleming covered the 8K course with a time of 25:27.97, good for 14th place. Junior Theo Henderson (Cold Spring, N.Y.) was the next runner to cross the finish line in 21st (25:43.31).

• Cross Country competed at NCAA Regional Championships
• Up next: 11/17 at NCAA Championships (Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis.). 12:15 p.m. – women’s race, 1:15 p.m. – men’s race.