The Middlebury College cross country teams opened up their 2011 season at the Dartmouth Invitational. The Panthers were the only Division III team competing at the meet, with the men placing third out of four teams, while the women were fifth among five squads. The meet was the first as head coach for Nicole Wilkerson, who took over the head coaching duties after long-time coach Terry Aldrich retired.
Senior Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) was the top finisher for the men, placing 12th overall in 22:49, followed closely by junior Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) in 14th place (22:59). First-year racer Kevin Wood (Lincolnshire, Ill.) placed third (23:25) in his first collegiate race, followed by sophomore Nate Sans (Princeton, Mass.) in 25th (23:28) and senior Sam Miller (Needham, Mass.) in 27th (23:38).
Junior Addie Tousley (Kensington, Md.) paced the women’s squad on Saturday, finishing the race with a time of 17:58, good for 22nd place. Coming in 24th was senior Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.) with a time of 18:04, followed by sophomore Emily Attwood (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) in 27th place (18:14). Seniors Chelsea Ward-Waller (Washington, D.C.) and Claire McIlvennie (Ithaca, N.Y.) rounded out Middlebury’s scorers, placing 30th (18:20) and 32nd (18:22) respectively.