ELSAH, Ill. – The Amherst men’s squad team place fourth and the Tufts women’s team finished seventh to pace the NESCAC contingent at the NCAA Division III Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Championships. This year's championships were held at the Principia College North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Illinois.
North Central (Ill.) took the men's title, while Johns Hopkins claimed the women's championship and both teams were repeat champions.
The three NESCAC women's teams finished in the top-20, led by the Jumbos who registered 294 points. Williams placed eighth with 310 points and was followed by Middlebury in 11th place with 400 points.
Amherst senior Nicky Roberts, the 2017 NESCAC Champion and New England Regional Runner-Up, was the first conference runner across the finish line. She placed fifth overall with a time of 20:9.50 to earn All-America honors. Middlebury junior Abigail Nadler finished seventh with a time of 21:00.90 to earn All-America honors for the second straight year. Seniors Brittany Bowman of Tufts, Katherine Cook of Bates, and Victoria Kingham and Audrey Rustad of Williams all finished among the top-40 runners to also garner All-America honors. Bowman was 11th overall with a time of 21:07.50, while Cook was 16th (21:07.40). Kingham placed 24th (21:21.00) and Rustad was 37th (21:35.00) for the Ephs.
Khia Kurtenbach of the University of Chicago won the women's individual title. She posted a time of 20:39.20.
On the men's side, all three NESCAC teams also finished in the top-20. Amherst led the way with a fourth-place finish and 251 points. Williams and Middlebury placed 13th and 15th, respectively. The Ephs tallied 359 points, while the Panthers recorded 416 points.
Connecticut College junior Scott Mason, the NESCAC and New England Regional Runner-Up, paced the NESCAC runners, finishing 22nd with a time of 24:26.91. Amherst’s senior Mohamed Hussein, the 2017 NESCAC Champion, was on Mason’s heels, placing 23rd (24:47.49). Middlebury senior Ascencion Aispuro finished 32nd posting a time of 24:54.26 and sophomore Clark Ricciardelli was the second Mammoth in the top 35, crossing the finish line in a time of 24:54.48 in 33rd place. Hussein, Aispuro and Ricciardelli joined Mason in earning All-America honors.
Darin Lau of Wisconsin Eau Claire won the men’s title with a time of 24:03.59 over the 8K course.