Cross Country Teams Compete at NCAA Championships

Theo Henderson earned All-American honors for the Panther men.
Theo Henderson earned All-American honors for the Panther men.

The Middlebury men's and women's cross country teams took part in the NCAA Championships hosted by Spaulding University and the Louisville Sports Commission on Saturday morning. The Panther women finished 15th among 32 teams with 406 points, while the men placed 29th overall with 672 points in the 32-team race.

Johns Hopkins captured the women's NCAA crown with 125 points, followed by Washington University (138) and Williams (168). Parley Hannan of Ithaca won the race, completing the course in 20:53.

Cassie Kearney was the first Panther to cross the line in the 6K race, earning a time of 22:01 to place 26th overall and earn All-American honors. Next up for the Panthers was Talia Ruxin in 60th place with a time of 22:30, followed by Meg Wilson, who crossed the line in 125th (23:01). Not far back was Phobe Colvin Oehmig, who was 128th (23:02), followed by Chloe Smith, who crossed the line with a time of 23:49, good for the 220th spot. Sophie Nardelli (231st-23:57) and Erica Dean (239th-24:04) rounded out the Middlebury racers.

Pomona-Pitzer won NCAA men's championship with 162 points, followed by North Central (182) and Williams (183). Taking home the individual title was Patrick Watson of Stevenson, who claimed a time of 24:13.

Middlebury's top performer on the men's side was Theo Henderson, who covered the 8K course with a time of 24:55, good for 34th place overall in the 279-man race. With his finish, Henderson was deemed an All-American. Cracking the top 100 was Henry Fleming, who came in with a time of 25:25, followed by Alexander Kessler in 239th overall (26:24). Next up for the Panthers was Quinlan McGaugh in 243rd (26:27), followed by Graham Rainsby, who placed 246th (26:29). Rounding out the squad were Connor Montgomery (262nd-26:53) and Jack Litowitz (268th-27:10).