Jeffs Take Seventh at NESCAC Championship


Contact: Matthew Hart

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Andrew Erskine ’13 finished 16th overall in 25:02.79 to lead the Amherst College Men’s Cross Country team at Saturday’s NESCAC Championship, hosted by Bowdoin. The Jeffs finished seventh overall with 196 team points, improving one place from their performance at the 2011 conference meet.

Bowdoin’s Coby Horowitz claimed the individual title, winning the 8k race in 24:26.78. Tufts took home the team crown with 66 points thanks to five finishers in the top 20, edging Middlebury (69) for its fourth title overall and first since winning three straight from 2003-05.

All five of Amherst’s scorers placed in the top 50, but a wide gap between Erskine and the next Jeffs prevented a higher team finish. Pat Grimes ’13 took 39th in 25:39.05 with KC Fussell (25:42.07) just behind him in 41st. Juniors Charlie Reighard (25:50.13) and Alvaro Morales (26:00.38) rounded out the Amherst scoring in 47th and 50th, respectively.

Bowdoin (88) edged Bates (89) for third place in the team competition, while Williams (97) and Wesleyan (164) took fifth and sixth ahead of Amherst. Connecticut College (199), Colby (241), Hamilton (281), and Trinity (362) rounded out the scores.

For Amherst, Gus Greenstein ’14 just missed scoring, taking 52nd in 26:05.51 before Romey Sklar ’15 (26:17.13), Dan Crowley ’16 (26:27.04), and Dillon Buckley ’13 (26:42.91) took 58th, 64th, and 76th, respectively. Greg Turissini ’15 could not match his strong performance at the Little Three Championship, placing 79th in 26:47.93, while Eli Howe ’13 (26:50.21) and Jeff Seelaus ’16 (27:35.78) were the final Jeffs across, placing 82nd and 104th, respectively.

Amherst will continue its postseason next Saturday, Nov. 3, with the ECAC Championship race at Williams.