Amherst Women Place Third at ECAC Championships

Cara Giaimo '11 placed 24th in a field of 275.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College cross country teams headed to Williamstown, Mass., to compete in Saturday afternoon’s 2009 Division III ECAC Championships at Mount Greylock High School. The Lord Jeff women placed third in a field of 39 teams, while the Amherst men placed fourth in a field of 43.

Taking home the team title in the women’s six-kilometer race was Middlebury College, with host Williams College placing second and Amherst rounding out the top three to make it a solid showing for the NESCAC. Middlebury’s Sarah Lange (22:55.7) and Steph Moroney (23:11.1) finished second and third, respectively, but it was Vassar’s Johanna Spangler who won the women’s race with a time of 22:51.6.

The host Ephs won the men’s team title, with St. Vincent (PA) placing second and Bates College rounding out the top three. Greg Redfield of Johnson & Wales won the eight-kilometer race in 26:11.2, more than 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Kevin Wanichko of St. Vincent.

Amherst sent a young squad to compete in the women’s race, with first-years Keri Lambert (Amherst, MA) and Kristen Moulton (North Reading, MA) and sophomore Shannon McKenna (Cedar Falls, IA) cracking the top 20. Lambert led the way with a 24:26.4 (17th), with Moulton (24:34.0) and McKenna (24:42.1) close behind in 19th and 20th, respectively.

Junior Cara Giaimo (Sherborn, MA) and first-year Lauren Almeida (Reading, MA) were separated by only 1.6 seconds and rounded out the top 25, with Giaimo finishing 24th (24:49.3) and Almeida placing 25th (24:50.9). Junior Melissa Pritchard (Washington, DC) and first-year Elodie Reed (Bow, NH) were the final two Lord Jeffs to cross the line, placing 37th and 81st, respectively, in the field of 275 runners.

The Amherst men placed a pair of runners in the top 10, with senior Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL) just missing the 27-minute marker by placing eighth with a solid time of 27:00.6. First-year Andrew Erskine (Stamford, CT) was less than eight seconds behind Callahan in 10th place (27:08.4), while junior Travis Cohoon (Rolling Hills Estates, CA) ran a 27:27.4 to crack the top 20.

Finishing with nearly identical times were sophomore Geoff Ainslie (San Diego, CA) and first-year Adron Pitmon (Underhill, VT), who placed 38th (28:02.2) and 39th (28:02.4), respectively. Nipping at their heels was senior William Bell (Silver Spring, MD), whose 28:05.8 left him in 41st place. Rounding out the Amherst runners was sophomore Alec Jacobson (Williston, VT), who ran a 28:17.6 to place 54th in the field of 296 runners.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Nov. 14 when they head to the University of Southern Maine to compete in the NCAA District Championships.