The Middlebury cross country teams both turned in outstanding performances at the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday at Harkness Park. The 20th-ranked Panther men finished fifth in the 28-team field with 190 points, while the 18th-ranked women placed sixth among 29 squads with 216 points. Middlebury has next weekend off, before competing at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Williams at Mount Greylock High School on November 2.
On the women's side, Cassie Kearney was ninth overall in the field of 365 competitors, completing the 6K course in 21:41.7. Talia Ruxin was 22nd in 22:09.2, while Meg Wilson crossed the finish line in 22:18.9 to garner 29th place. Phoebe Colvin Oehmig was next in 82nd place, running to a time of 23:11.9 and Erica Dean finished 84th with a clocking of 23:12.3.
Seventh-ranked MIT claimed the women's team title with 75 points, while fifth-ranked Williams was second with 103. Parley Hannan from Ithaca won the individual crown with a time of 20:52.2.
Theo Henderson was the first Panther to cross the finish line in the men's 8K, winding up seventh among 409 runners in 24:50.0. Henry Fleming was 29th (25:21.5), while Quinlan McGaugh placed 51st in 25:40.8. Max Cluss was less than a second behind in 53rd (25:41.5), while Connor Montgomery rounded out the scorers in 62nd (25:45.7).
Williams, ranked tied for first nationally, won the men's team title with 47 points, followed by 12th-ranked MIT (96). Aidan Ryan of Williams claimed the individual title with a winning time of 23:56.0.