Three Panthers Named to All-NESCAC Cross Country Teams

Sebastian Matt earns his first All-NESCAC accolade via a 13th-place finish last Saturday.
Sebastian Matt earns his first All-NESCAC accolade via a 13th-place finish last Saturday.


Three members of the Middlebury College cross country teams have earned All-NESCAC honors based on their performance Saturday at the 2015 NESCAC Championships hosted by Wesleyan. Rookie Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) was named to the All-NESCAC first team, while senior Adrian Walsh (Bozeman, Mont.) was a second-team selection for the women. On the men's side, senior Sebastian Matt (New Albany, Ohio) was a second-team honoree.

Nadler was the first Panther woman to finish, helping the seventh-ranked Panther women finish third as a team. She placed second overall with a time of 21:54, six seconds off the NESCAC Championship pace in the 6K race. Nadler was one of two rookies named to the conference's first team. She's earned five top-five finishes, including winning the Aldrich Invitational as well as three runner-up efforts. Nadler was named the USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week on October 13 after turning in a fifth-place finish out of 263 runners and the top Division III time at the Open New England Championship.

Walsh earns her third All-NESCAC laurel after being named to the first team in 2013 and second team last fall. The senior was the second Panther to cross the line in 13th place, stopping the clock with a time of 22:21. She has run to three top-13 finishes this season with a season-best fourth-place finish in the Aldrich Invitational.

Matt led the Panther men to a fifth-place finish as a team in last Saturday's conference meet. He picks up his first all-conference accolade with a 13th-place finish in the 8K event, covering the course in a time of 25:32. Matt's best finish of third this fall happened twice during both the Aldrich Invitational in September as well as the Albany Invitational a month later.

The Panthers return to the course Saturday, November 7 when they compete in the ECAC Championships hosted by Williams. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., while the men will start at 12:00 p.m.