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).