Kelly, Kearney Earn USTFCCCA All-American Accolades

(L-R): Rory Kelly and Cassie Kearney.
(L-R): Rory Kelly and Cassie Kearney.


Senior Rory Kelly (Winnetka, Ill.) and rookie Cassie Kearney (Rockland, Mass.) of the Middlebury College women's cross country team were honored when the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its list of All-American recipients following the NCAA Championship. The top-40 finishers in the 6K race garnered All-American status. Kelly and Kearney helped guide the Panther women to an eighth-place among 32 teams competing at the meet hosted by UW-Oshkosh at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

Kelly paced the Panther women, placing 27th overall with a time of 21:48.2 out of the 279 competitors. She finished third at the NESCAC Championship with a time of 22:30.1 over the 6K course in late October. This season, Kelly finished in the top five during six of the eight races she ran, including a win during at the Aldrich Invitational hosted by Middlebury in September. During the NCAA Regional meet, Kelly led the Panthers with a fifth-place finish in 21:37.61.

Kearney finished in 37th place at the NCAA Championship, covering the 6K course in Wisconsin with a time of 21:55.7. She was consistent top runner during her first season with the Panthers. Kearney garnered top-15 efforts in five of her six races this fall, including a third-place finish (19:53.1) in the 5K Aldrich Invitational. Kearney was fourth at the NESCAC Championship in 22:35.9, followed by an eighth-place run at the NCAA regional (22:09.79).