Lord Jeff Women Place Fourth at UMass Five-Way Meet

Senior tri-captain Sophia Galleher placed ninth as the only Lord Jeff in the top 20.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s cross country team got its first taste of Division I competition Saturday morning at the University of Massachusetts Five-Way Meet, with the Lord Jeffs placing fourth in a field of five teams. Boston College’s Caroline King took home the individual title to lead the Eagles to the team crown.

Boston College placed five runners in the top 10 to edge second-place Vermont, which featured three runners in the top five. Maine finished third thanks to a runner-up finish from Corey Conner, with Amherst close behind in fourth place ahead of the host Minutewomen.

Senior tri-captain Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) placed ninth in a field of 83 runners with a time of 18:03 as the only Lord Jeff runner to finish in the top 20, marking the second consecutive race in which Galleher put in her team’s best performance. First-year Ali Simeone (Stoneham, MA) was impressive in her second collegiate race with a 21st-place time of 18:41.

Rounding out Amherst’s top five runners and finishing within three seconds of each other were juniors Hallie Schwab (Stone Ridge, NY) and Mercedes Taylor (Falls Church, VA) and sophomore Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX), who placed 26th (18:54), 27th (18:56) and 28th (18:57).

Junior tri-captain Christina Wong (Honolulu, HI) and first-year Elodie Reed (Bow, NH) were the final two Amherst runners to finish in the top half of the field. Coming in under the 20-minute mark were sophomore Eliza Schalch (Bethesda, MD) and the first-year trio of Keri Lambert (Amherst, MA), Sarah Daly (Wheaton, IL) and Kristen Moulton (North Reading, MA).

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Oct. 3 when they travel to Keene State College.

Team Scores
1. Boston College (1-6-7-8-10-32)
2. Vermont (3-4-5-13-17-42)
3. Maine (2-11-15-22-23-73)
4. Amherst (9-16-19-20-21-85)
5. UMass (12-14-18-24-25-93)

Amherst Individual Results
9 - Sophia Galleher (18:03:00)
21 - Ali Simeone     (18:41:00)
26 - Hallie Schwab (18:54:00)
27 - Mercedes Taylor (18:56:00)
28 - Melissa Sullivan (18:57:00)
31 - Christina Wong (19:01:00)
36 - Elodie Reed     (19:19:00)    
45 - Eliza Schalch (19:34:00)
46 - Keri Lambert (19:34:00)
48 - Sarah Daly (19:42:00)
52 - Kristen Moulton (19:52:00)
56 - Melissa Pritchard (20:03:00)
57 - Rebecca Alizzi (20:08:00)
62 - Cara Giaimo (20:30:00)
65 - Marlis Gnirke (20:45:00)
71 - Catherine Knuff (20:58:00)
74 - Lauren Almeida (21:17:00)
75 - Ellen Richmond (21:25:00)
76 - Abigail Hopper (21:29:00)
77 - Laura Zaccagnino (22:06:00)
83 - Jamila Odeh     (23:21:00)