Amherst Cross Country Teams Each Win Home Invite

Senior tri-captain Christina Wong went wire-
to-wire for the individual win at home.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s and women’s cross country teams each placed first at the 2010 Amherst Invitational this morning, winning the first pair of home games to be played on campus during the 2010-11 academic year. The women’s team was dominant in a win over teams from Conn College, Springfield and Wheaton, while the men’s side edged Wheaton in a head-to-head showdown.

When the final results were tallied, the Lord Jeff women registered an impressively low 15 points, with Conn College (41), Springfield (64) and Wheaton (90) finishing in order behind them. The men’s team edged Wheaton by a 23-32 score.

For the women’s team, Amherst head coach Ned Nedeau gave a well-deserved day off to nearly all the runners returning from his top-seven last season, electing to give some valuable early season experience to a handful of new athletes. The only regular from last season to compete was senior tri-captain Christina Wong (Honolulu, HI), who returned to form after spending a semester abroad to run away for an impressive first place finish. Wong demolished the field of over 50 runners, turning in a time of 20:13.9, nearly 17 seconds clear of the next finisher.

Amherst swept the top seven spots on the podium, with Eliza Schalch (Bethesda, MD) and rookie Victoria Sosnowski coming in at 20:30.3 and 20:30.8 for second and third. Abigail Hopper (Brooklyn, NY) and Keri Lambert (Amherst, MA) finished in fourth and fifth place respectively, while Lisa Walker and Melissa Pritchard (Washington, DC) helped Amherst post the best possible score a team can register.

In the men’s race, Wheaton’s Nick Kacher ran away from the pack for a dominant win in a time of 16:33.1. Amherst placed a pair on the podium behind Kacher, with Travis Cohoon (Rolling Hills Estates, CA) and Jack Seaver (New Canaan, CT) registering times of 17:01.0 and 17:03.2, for second and third place, respectively.

After one more Wheaton finished in fourth, the Lord Jeff men took spots five through 15. Earning points for Amherst in the win were Kevin Hanley (Manhattan Beach, CA), Dillon Buckley (Wilmington, DE), Alvara Morales, Patrick Grimes (Mansfield, MA), and Alex Jacobson (Williston, VT).

Both teams will travel across town next week to compete at nearby UMass-Amherst in an invitational event.