Amherst Women's Cross Country Places 8th at NCAAs; Yochum Places 78th as Individual

The Amherst College women's cross country team placed 8th
at the 2010 NCAA Championships this afternoon.

WAVERLY, IOWA – The Amherst College women’s cross country team finished in eighth place in a field of 32 teams at the 2010 Division III NCAA National Championships this afternoon on the campus of Wartburg College. Ali Simeone ’13 (Stoneham, MA) led the Lord Jeffs with a 12th place finish to earn All-American honors.  Amherst senior Will Yochum ’11 (Goleta, CA) was the lone men’s team representative running as an individual, placing 79th overall to wrap a stellar career.

Simeone finished the six kilometer course in a time of 21:28.7 to lead Amherst and earn her first All-American honor as just a sophomore. Junior Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) placed 38th overall, just three spots from earning All-American status as well. Sullivan turned in a time of 21:49.0.

In 105th place individually was Amherst rookie Tory Sosnowski (Amherst, NY) with a time of 22:28.5, while junior Eliza Schalch (Bethesda, MD) placed 128th with a time of 22:37.1. Seniors Hallie Schwab (Stone Ridge, NY) and Christina Wong (Honolulu, HI) placed 155th and 182nd individually, while first-year Angie Epifano (Green Cove Springs, FL) finished in 23:12.4 to place 214th.

With Amherst’s top four finishers at nationals returning next season, the Lord Jeffs will surely contend for the national title next fall. Today’s eighth place result is Amherst’s best finish since the program’s only National Championship in 2007.

Yochum ran the eight kilometer course in a time of 25:20.5, wrapping an amazing season with yet another bright spot. After earning a win at UMass and a runner-up result at Williams early in the season, Yochum was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week twice by mid-October.  

The following weekend Yochum won the 2010 Little Threes, before earning All-NESCAC honors with a fifth place result at the conference championships. With a third place result at Regionals, Yochum earned his spot at the National Championships.