Amherst Women Place Third at ECAC Championships; Men Sixth

Lauren Almeida '13 shaved more than a minute off her 2009 ECAC Championship time.

BRISTOL, RI – The Amherst College men’s and women’s cross country teams placed sixth and third, respectively, at the 2010 ECAC Championships, which were held today at Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I. The Lord Jeffs featured six of the top 25 finishers in the women’s 6-kilometer race and two of the top 15 in the men’s 8-kilometer event.

This is the sixth consecutive year in which the Amherst women have finished in the top three and the fifth consecutive year that the Amherst men placed in the top six. Williams College won its sixth-straight men’s title, while Middlebury successfully defended its women’s crown. Franciscan University featured both individual champions, with Bill Jones winning the men’s 300-member race in 25:55.68 and Nicole Krajewski leading the women’s field of 276 runners in 22:21.12.

Amherst was led by first-year Angie Epifano (Green Cove Springs, FL) on the women’s side, as she placed ninth and just missed coming in under the 23-minute mark (23:02.18). Mercedes Taylor ’11 (Falls Church, VA) and Sarah Daly ’13 (Wheaton, IL) were close behind in 12th (23:09.68) and 13th (23:12.10), respectively.

Also making a strong debut in the ECAC Championships was Amherst first-year Jasia Kaulbach (Philadelphia, PA), whose time of 23:26.59 left her in 18th. Seeing nice improvements from last year’s ECAC performances were Keri Lambert ’13 (Amherst, MA), Lauren Almeida ’13 (Reading, MA) and Shannon McKenna ’12 (Cedar Falls, IA). Lambert dropped 50 seconds off last year’s time (24:26 to 23:36), Almeida shaved more than a minute (24:50 to 23:45) and McKenna saw a 10-second improvement (24:42 to 24:32).

Leading the Amherst men and breaking 27 minutes were Andrew Erskine ’13 (Stamford, CT) and Dillon Buckley ’13 (Wilmington, DE), who placed eighth (26:25.47) and 14th (26:40.67), respectively, with Erskine seeing a 43-second jump from his 2009 showing at the ECAC Championships. Jack Seaver ’11 just missed out on the top 25 and on the 27-minute mark, landing 26th with a time of 27:04.36.

First-year Gus Greenstein (Santa Rosa, CA) placed 57th (27:42.67) in his first championship event, followed closely by senior Kevin Hanley (Manhattan Beach, CA) in 62nd (27:48.09). Rounding out the Amherst runners and finishing within 4.21 seconds of each other were Alec Jacobson ’12 (Williston, VT) and Eli Howe ’13 (Concord, NH), who cracked the top 100 in 92nd (28:16.38) and 98th (28:20.59), respectively.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Nov. 13, when they head to Williams College for the NCAA Regional Championships.