Middlebury Runners Shine at Connecticut College Invitational

Theo Henderson ran to a 10th-place showing on Saturday.
Theo Henderson ran to a 10th-place showing on Saturday.

The Middlebury cross country teams both turned in outstanding performances at the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday at Harkness Park, as the women won the team title and the men finished third. The 16th-ranked Panther women topped the 25-team field with 67 points, while the 12th-ranked men placed third among 27 institutions with 96 points. Middlebury has next weekend off, before competing at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Tufts at Franklin Park in Massachusetts on October 27.

Matt D'Aquila was the first Panther to cross the finish line in the men's 8K, finishing seventh among 402 runners in 25:09. Theo Henderson was seconds behind in 10th (25:19.7), while Henry Fleming placed 15th in 25:23.4. Jonathan Perlman (25:42.9) was 27th, while Harrison Knowlton rounded out the scorers in 37th (25:53.7).

Amherst, ranked 16th nationally, won the men's team title with 72 points, followed closely by eighth-ranked Williams (76) and the Panthers. Eric Hermann of Dickinson claimed the individual title with a winning time of 24:43.2.

All five Panthers who scored in the women's race finished in the top-25 spots. Rory Kelly was fourth overall in the field of 307 runners, completing the 6K course in 21:38.2. Cassie Kearney was seventh in 22:07.5, while Tasha Greene crossed the finish line in 22:19 to garner 14th place. Katherine Glew was next in 18th place, running to a time of 22:28.6 and Claire Gomba finished 25th with a time of 22:35.4

The overall winner of the race was Kaitlyn Mooney from the Coast Guard with a top time of 21:09.