The Middlebury women's cross country team is peaking at the right time as they won the 2006 NCAA New England Regional today at Springfield. The Panthers finished in first place among 48 teams, followed by Amherst, Williams and Tufts.
All five Panthers crossed the finish line in the top 25 for Middlebury, led by Andrea Giddings in sixth place individually out of 321 runners with a time of 22:01.2. Erin Archard finished the race in ninth place (22:17), while Alexandra Krieg came in 12th (22:26). Also scoring for the Panthers were Makely Lyon (22:50) in 22nd and Claire Schultz in 24th (22:52).
The Middlebury men were also very solid, finishing the 45-team regional in eighth place overall. Williams won the event, followed by Bowdoin and Trinity.
Jimmy Butcher had another big race, finishing fifth out of 300 runners with a time of 25:52. Next for the Panthers was Peter Murphy in 31st place in 26:32, followed by Bruce Hallett in 51st (27:00). Middlebury's Jack Wambach came in 62nd overall (27:11), while Will McDonough placed 65th (27:15).