Galleher Wins Individual Title at NESCAC Championships

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Sophia Galleher '10 became the third Amherst woman in as many years to win the NESCAC Championship individual title.

HARTFORD, CT – Amherst College senior tri-captain Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) took home the individual title at the 2009 NESCAC Championships Sunday afternoon at Trinity College, leading the Lord Jeffs to third place as a team. Galleher finished the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes and 39 seconds to edge the runner-up by one second.

Galleher’s performance marks the third consecutive year an Amherst woman has won the individual title at the conference championships, as Elise Tropiano ’09 and Heather Wilson ’08 won the 2008 and 2007 races, respectively. Amherst jumped two spots from its fifth-place finish from a year ago.

Coming in just one second behind Galleher was Wesleyan University’s Ravenna Neville (21:40), with Amy Wilfert of Tufts University rounding out the top three at 21:41. Middlebury College took home the team title, with Williams College placing second.

Galleher has put in Amherst’s best time in all six of the team’s races this year, including a stellar performance at Keene State that earned her the individual title.

Four other Lord Jeff runners placed in the top 20 on Sunday. Junior Hallie Schwab (Stone Ridge, NY) placed 15th overall with a time of 22:41, with first-year Ali Simeone (Stoneham, MA) continuing her impressive rookie season by finishing 17th (22:46). Separated by only two seconds were Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) and Mercedes Taylor (Falls Church, VA), who placed 18th (22:52) and 20th (22:54), respectively.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Nov. 7 when they head to Williams College for the ECAC Championships.

RESULTS

Amherst Individual Results
1. Sophia Galleher (21:39)
15. Hallie Schwab (22:41)
17. Ali Simeone (22:46)
18. Melissa Sullivan (22:52)
20. Mercedes Taylor (22:54)
31. Christina Wong (23:14)
47. Sarah Daly (23:43)
51. Keri Lambert (23:55)
52. Shannon McKenna (23:58)
58. Kristen Moulton (24:05)
60. Lauren Almeida (24:06)
70. Elodie Reed (24:30)

Team Results
1. Middlebury – 49
2. Williams – 59
3. Amherst – 71
4. Wesleyan – 87
5. Colby – 126
6. Bowdoin – 169
7. Tufts – 177
8. Bates – 199
9. Hamilton – 262
10. Connecticut – 280
11. Trinity - 341