Women's Cross Country Places 3rd at NESCAC Championship; Men 8th

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Keri Lambert '13 crossed the tape in 22:27, finishing second to lead all Jeff harriers at the NESCAC Championship.

AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Keri Lambert (Amherst, Mass.) finished second to lead the Amherst women’s cross country team to a third-place showing at the NESCAC Championship.

Leading for the first half of the race, Lambert averaged a 5:47 mile before being overtaken by Williams’ Chiara Del Piccolo. Posting a time of 22:27, Lambert has consistently been the Jeffs’ top performer this season, pacing Amherst in each of the team’s five meets. Fellow junior Ali Simeone (Stonham, Mass.) also impressed, recording a top-15 finish, placing 12th with a time of 23:13.

Sarah Daly ’13 (Wheaton, Ill.) crossed the finish line in 23:58, followed one second later by teammate Lauren Almeida ’13 (Reading, Mass.). First-year Jessica Kaliski ’15 (Wellesley, Mass.) wrapped up Amherst’s group of top-five finishers, recording a time of 24:04.

With three harriers in the top-10, including individual champion Chiara Del Piccolo (21:58), Williams took home the team title with a meet low 34 points. Middlebury placed second with a score of 42, followed by Amherst (105), Tufts (126) and Colby (134).

On the men’s side, KC Fussell ’15 (Monson, Mass.) led all Jeff harriers with a time of 27:07. Andrew Erskine ’13 (Stamford, Conn.) finished 47th with a time of 27:15, while Greg Turissini ’15 (Maumee, Ohio) and Patrick Grimes ’13 (Mansfield, Mass.) recorded times of 27:16 and 27:18, respectively. Dillon Buckley ’13 (Wilmington, Del.) rounded out the list of Amherst’s top five finishers with a time of 27:32.

Middlebury's Michael Schmidt took home the individual crown, pacing the field of 129 with a time of 25:51. Williams, with six runners in the top 15, captured the team title with a 49, followed by Bowdoin, Bates, Middlebury and Tufts. Conn. College finished sixth with a 165 with Wesleyan coming in seventh. Amherst placed eighth amongst 11 teams with a 218.