The Panther cross country teams both turned in strong performances at the Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams on a pleasant Saturday afternoon at the Mt. Greylock Regional High School course. The women, who entered the weekend ranked seventh nationally, finished second in the event with 66 points behind only sixth-ranked Williams' point total of 39, while the Middlebury men, ranked 26th, were sixth of 22 teams with 154 points.
The Panther women placed all five of their runners in the top 25. Abigail Nadler led the Panther women over the 6K course with a runner-up time of 22:00.6 out of 198 participants, while Adrian Walsh was 12th in 22:40.1. Erzsie Nagy was right behind Walsh, crossing the line in 13th (22:41.5), while Katherine Tercek was next to cross a second later in 14th (22:42.5). Katherine MacCary rounded out the scorers in 25th (23:17.7).
During the men's race, the Panthers placed five in the top 46 out of 244 individuals on the 8K course. Sebastian Matt earned the top Middlebury men's finish with a 22nd-place effort of 26:25.4. Miles Meijer was the next to cross in 27th (26:38.8), while Sam Klockenkemper was 38th with a time of 26:47.5. Brian Rich and Tim McGovern completed the scorers on the men's side in 41st (26:50.0) and 46th (26:56.4), respectively.