Amherst Has Strong Showing at New England Championships

Mike Harbus
Senior co-captain Mike Harbus helped the Amherst men capture the best finish at the New England Championships in program history.

BOSTON, MA – The Amherst College cross country teams traveled to Franklin Park in Boston to compete in the Open New England Championships against schools from Divisions I, II and III. While the Amherst women placed second overall, the Amherst men placed eighth to mark the best finish at the New England Championships in program history.

With temperatures nearing 90 degrees, runners were forced to run a more conservative race and come out of the gate slower than normal. Early patience paid off for the Amherst women, who moved up very quickly in the last half of the race. Junior Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) and senior co-captain Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) placed sixth (18:14) and seventh (18:24), respectively, to lead the Lord Jeffs, while fellow senior co-captain Kim Partee (Brentwood, TN) finished 12th with a time of 18:41.

Sophomore Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) and junior Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) finished one second apart in 29th (19:03) and 31st (19:04), respectively, while senior Meg Ray (Menands, NY) was just a few seconds behind in 40th place. Junior Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI) cracked the 20-minute mark to place 87th overall with a time of 19:51.

The Amherst men also took a more conservative approach and surged late, with senior Florian Reichert (Hannover, Germany) leading the way with his 32nd-place finish. First-year Will Yochum continued his impressive rookie campaign by placing 51st, marking the best finish among Division III first-years and third best among all first-years.

Amherst’s next three finishers crossed the finish line within 17 seconds of each other, as senior co-captain Mike Harbus (New York, NY) and sophomores Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA) and Eric Holaday (Moorestown, NJ) each placed in the top 80. Aside from posting the best finish in program history, the Amherst men were second among Division III schools, behind only Williams.

Amherst returns to action Saturday, Oct. 20 for the Little Three Championships at Wesleyan University.