Amherst Cross Country Teams Place Second at UMass-Dartmouth

Elise Tropiano

Senior captain Elise Tropiano took the overall
collegiate title at UMass-Dartmouth.
DARTMOUTH, MA – The Amherst College men’s and women’s cross country teams each placed second on Saturday at UMass-Dartmouth among deep fields of regional opponents. The Lord Jeff men finished second in a field of 38 teams and the women landed in the runner-up spot in a field of 41. 

Amherst senior captain Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) averaged an impressive 6:24 mile pace during the five kilometer event, en route to the individual collegiate title in a time of 18:11. She finished just behind Adidas entry Melissa Donais, who was running as an independent.

Joining Tropiano in the top ten were Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) and Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) in 9th and 10th place, respectively. Senior quad-captain Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI) finished in 19th place, while Christina Wong (Honolulu, HI) took 53rd to round out the scoring.

The Amherst women ran as a group of five for the first two miles, before spreading out among the top portion of the field. On the heels of the program’s first national championship, Amherst head coach Ned Nedeau expressed the importance of running as a team early in the season, and making sure his team peaks late in the year at the NCAA Championships, instead of running out of gas early on.

On the men’s side, Amherst sophomore Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) paced the Lord Jeffs with a sixth place finish overall. His time of 25:14 in the five mile race was impressive as he averaged just 5:03 per mile. Junior tri-captain Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA) finished second for the Lord Jeffs with a time of 25:32, good enough for 18th place.

Wrapping up the scoring for Amherst were senior captain Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR), Eric Holaday (Moorestown, NJ), and Ben Mears (Macedon, NY). The timing system seemed to miss Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) as he crossed the finish line, resulting in a false final score for the Lord Jeffs. The change in results officially bumped Amherst from fourth to second as a team, but has not been reflected in the attached results.

Amherst will wait a week before heading to NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams next Saturday for a 12 p.m. start.

Full Men's Results - Full Women's Results