Cross Country Ready For NESCAC Championships

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NESCAC CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW

AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Harness Memorial State Park on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the 31st annual NESCAC Championships. The six-kilometer women’s race begins at 12 p.m., with the eight-kilometer men’s race slated for 1 p.m.

WOMEN’S PREVIEW
The Amherst women’s cross country team will look to improve upon last year’s third-place showing at the conference meet. Lizzy Briskin ’15 is the Jeffs’ top returning finisher, placing 14th a year ago with a time of 22:14.04. Caroline Rose ’16 was the third Amherst harrier to cross the tape at 22:42.29, while Betsy Black ’16 (23:07.52), Olivia Tarantino ’15 (23:09.53) and Amy Dao ’14 (23:39.61) also put forth solid efforts.

Carrying her momentum into 2013, Briskin has consistently been one of the Jeffs top performers this season. Opening the year at Smith, she was second overall with a time of 19:43.53. She was also the second Jeff to finish at Williams’ Purple Valley Classic (23:45.8), while leading the team at the NEICAAA meet with a time of 19:10.

Also making an immediate impact this season is a trio of standout first-years. Catherine Lowdon was the squad’s top performer at the Little Three Championships, placing 12th overall with a time of 19:15.9. Fellow rookie Sophie Currin, who was second on the team’s charts at the NEICAAA and UMass meets, came in 15th with a time of 19:25.7. Savanna Gornisiewicz ’17 has also impressed in her first full year, leading all Amherst runners at both the Purple Valley Classic (23:38.7) and the UMass Invitational (18:58.6).

MEN’S PREVIEW
The Amherst men’s cross country team place seventh at last year’s NESCAC Championships with 196 points. KC Fussell ’15 is the squad’s top returning finisher, clocking in at 25:42.07. Charlie Reighard ’14 will look to improve upon his 2012 time of 25:50.13, while Alvaro Morales ’14 (26:00.38), Gus Greenstein ’14 (26:05.51) and Romey Sklar ’15 (26:17.13) also factored into the Jeffs’ scoring seven a year ago.

Consistently one of the team’s best performers this season, Fussell was second overall at the Little Three Championships (25:57.0) and ninth at the UMass Invitational (19:36.44). Enjoying a breakout campaign, Dan Crowley ’16 built on a solid rookie year, finishing third at the Little Threes with a time of 25:59.2. The sophomore was also the first Jeff to finish the Purple Valley Classic (27:41.10), while coming in fourth at UMass (19:29.75) and ninth (25:46.73) at the University of Southern Maine Invitational.

Greg Turissini ’15 has also come on of late, finishing seventh at the Little Three meet with a time of 26:18.4, while first-year Raymond Meijer will look to improve upon an 11th-place showing at the Little Three Championships (26:33.3).