Women Win NESCAC Cross Country Title, Men Finish Third

2018 NESCAC Champions (photo by Tom Connelly)
2018 NESCAC Champions (photo by Tom Connelly)

The Middlebury women's cross country team won its 14th NESCAC Championship overall, while the men were third in races hosted by Tufts at Franklin Park. The Panthers returns to action on November 10 at the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin.

The fifth-ranked Panther women scored 47 points in the 11-team race to win the program's first conference title since 2014, as all five scorers finished in the top-15 spots. The women easily outdistanced runner-up and 13th-ranked Williams with 73 points. Wesleyan, ranked 15th nationally, finished in third place with 84 points.

Rory Kelly led the Panther women to the finish line, finishing third overall with a time of 22:30.1. Cassie Kearney was right behind in fourth place during the 6K race, stopping the clock with a time of 22:35.9. Tasha Greene followed in 11th place (23:06.0), while Claire Gomba placed 14th overall with a time of 23:09.7. Rounding out the team's five scorers was Katherine Glew, who came in 15th (23:11.5). Sophia Gorman of Colby claimed top individuals honors with a time of 21:54.8.

The 14th-ranked men turned in a third-place effort with 88 points, just two behind 11th-ranked Williams with 86 and eighth-ranked Amherst who scored 60.

The Panther men were paced by Jonathan Perlman, who placed ninth in the 8K event with a time of 25:57.6. Seconds behind Perlman was Theo Henderson in 13th place (26:07.3), while Henry Fleming finished 15th with a time of 26:11.2. Harrison Knowlton placed 21st overall at the race in 26:16.8, while Matt D'Aquila completed the Panther scorers with a 30th-place effort of 26:29.0. Williams' Ryan Cox earned the conference individual crown with a winning time of 25:27.8.