Thre Lord Jeffs Named to All-NESCAC First Team; Galleher Named Most Outstanding Performer


From a NESCAC Release

AMHERST, MA – The NESCAC announced today its 2009 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country All-Conference Teams. Amherst College earned three All-NESCAC First Team selections, with senior tri-captain Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) earning Most Outstanding Performer honors on the women’s side.

Galleher—the 2006 NESCAC Rookie of the Year—won the 2009 individual title at the conference championship by the slimmest of margins, as her time of 21:39 over the six-kilometer course was just one second ahead of Wesleyan senior Ravenna Neville and two seconds ahead of Tufts junior Amy Wilfert. It was Galleher’s best finish in her four-year career in the NESCAC meet after placing 15th during her rookie season (24:10), 17th as a sophomore (23:32) and 77th as a junior (24:46).

A member of the Amherst women’s squad has been named the NESCAC’s Most Outstanding Performer in three consecutive years, as Heather Wilson ’08 won the 2007 individual title and Elise Tropiano ’09 repeated the feat in 2008. In addition, Galleher’s performance earned her NESCAC Performer of the Week honors for a second time this season.

While Galleher was the lone Amherst woman named to the All-NESCAC First Team, a pair of Lord Jeff men earned First Team honors by placing in the top seven. Junior Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) and senior tri-captain Dan Murner (Crestwood, KY) placed fifth and sixth at the conference championship, respectively, marking the first time since 2003 the Lord Jeff men earned more than one First Team selection. Yochum, the 2007 Rookie of the Year and First Team selection, completed the eight-kilometer race in 26:22, two seconds ahead of Murner, who received Second Team honors in 2008.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Nov. 7 when they head to Williams College for the 2009 ECAC Championships.

2009 NESCAC Cross Country All-Conference
* - 2008 All-Conference First Team
^ - 2008 All-Conference Second Team

Men’s First Team
Jesse Faller (Tufts) *
Josephat Koima (Williams)
Peter Kosgei (Hamilton) *
Edgar Kosgey (Williams) *
Daniel Murner (Amherst) ^
Mike Schmidt (Middlebury) ^
Will Yochum (Amherst)

Men’s Second Team
Devin Dilts (Bates)
Colman Hatton (Bowdoin)
Thompson Ogilvie (Bowdoin)
Jeff Perlis (Williams) *
Anthony Raduazo (Williams) ^
Jack Terrett (Middlebury)
Corey Watts (Williams)

Men’s Most Outstanding Performer: Peter Kosgei, Hamilton
Men’s Rookie of the Year: Kyle Marks, Tufts
Men’s Coach of the Year: Peter Farwell, Williams

Women’s First Team
Sophia Galleher (Amherst)
Jennifer Gossels (Williams)
Julia Mark (Wesleyan)
Claire McIlvennie (Middlebury) ^
Elise Moody-Roberts (Middlebury) ^
Ravenna Neville (Wesleyan)
Amy Wilfert (Tufts) ^

Women’s Second Team
Annie Dear (Williams)
Lauren Goldstein-Kral (Williams)
Katrina Gravel (Colby)
Cassi Knight (Colby)
Sarah Lange (Middlebury)
Bret Scofield (Williams)
Addie Tousley (Middlebury)

Women’s Most Outstanding Performer: Sophia Galleher, Amherst
Women’s Rookie of the Year: Julia Mark, Wesleyan
Women’s Coach of the Year: Terry Aldrich, Middlebury