Amherst Women Win Little III Championship; Men Place 2nd

Wilson & Ray
Senior co-captain Heather Wilson (left) finished in first place at the Little III Championships, while senior Meg Ray (right) placed fifth.

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College cross country teams traveled to Wesleyan University for the Little III Championships, and for the second straight year the Lord Jeff women finished ahead of both Wesleyan and Williams College, while the Amherst men placed second. Senior co-captain Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) finished in first place in the women’s section to lead the Jeffs.

Wilson was one of only two women to complete the 5k race in less than 19 minutes, as her time of 18:49.5 left her more than six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Crossing the finish line in third place with a time of 19:01.7 was junior Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY), with a trio of Amherst runners coming in close behind her. Senior Meg Ray (Menands, NY), junior Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) and senior tri-captain Kim Partee (Brentwood, TN) placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Sophomore Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) marked the sixth Lord Jeff to place in the top 10, while first-year Kristen Ballinger (Wenatchee, WA) placed 12th with a time of 19:27.6. The Jeffs totaled a mere 22 points, Williams finished with 38 and Wesleyan had 79.

On the men’s side, first-year Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) continued his impressive season with a runner-up time of 25:58.2, making him one of only two runners to complete the 8k race in less than 26 minutes. Sophomore Dan Murner (Crestwood, KY) placed fourth with a time of 26:19.8, senior Florian Reichert (Hannover, Germany) placed sixth, and sophomore Eric Holaday (Moorestown, NJ) finished ninth to round out the Amherst runners in the top 10.

Sophomore Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA) finished in 12th place with a time of 26:51.5 to mark the final Lord Jeff to cross the line in less than 27 minutes. The Amherst men totaled just nine more points than first-place Williams and 48 points ahead of Wesleyan.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Oct. 27 for the NESCAC Championships at Williams. Last year, the Amherst women took home the program’s first NESCAC title, while the Amherst men placed third.