Erskine, Lambert Lead Cross Country at NCAA Regionals
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Andrew Eskine '13 qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing 6th at Regionals.
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Keri Lambert ’13 (Amherst, Mass.) and Andrew Erskine ’13 (Stamford, Conn.) each earned automatic qualification into the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, thanks to a pair of strong showings at the NCAA New England Regionals hosted by Bowdoin.
Finishing fourth with 142 team points, the Amherst women put themselves in line for an at-large bid to next Saturday’s Championships to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh while the men’s season comes to a close with an eighth-place regional finish.
The top two men's and women's teams both receive automatic team bids to the NCAA Championships. Up to three more teams are eligible for at-large bids. The top seven remaining individuals, discounting members of runners who will compete at NCAAs as a team, also win automatic invitations to NCAAs.
Once again leading the Amherst women was Lambert, clocking in at 21:08.93, finishing as the squad’s top performer for the seventh time this season. Junior Ali Simeone ’13 (Stoneham, Mass.) came in 27th (22:06.88), followed by senior Melissa Sulivan (Dallas, Texas) and Sarah Daly ’13 (Wheaton, Ill.) with times of 22:25.97 and 22:26.37, respectively. Rounding out the Jeffs’ top five harriers was Lauren Almeida ’13 (Reading, Mass.) who finished 39th, clocking in at 22:30.69.
With three finishers in the top eight, Middlebury took home the team title with 55 points, followed by Williams (60) led by individual medalist Chiara Del Piccolo (20:52.43). MIT came in third (134), with Amherst and Tufts (181) placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the men’s side, Erskine led all Amherst runners, finishing sixth with a time of 25:01.03. Pat Grimes ’13 (Mansfield, Mass.) came in 19th (25:13.58) with KC Fussell ’15 (Monson, Mass.) crossing the tape in 25:32.10. Ben Scheetz ’12 (Lancaster, Pa.) and Greg Turissini ’15 (Maumee, Ohio) closed out the Jeffs’ list of top competitors with times of 26:12.94 and 26:20.93, respectively.
With a pair of top-10 finishers Williams (88) edged out Middlebury (89) for the meet’s top slot, followed by host Bowdoin (160), Bates (161) and Tufts (175). MIT came in sixth with 195 team points, followed by Brandeis (202) and Amherst (205). The Panthers’ Michael Schmidt set the pace, winning the individual title with a time of 24:39:95.
COMPLETE MEN'S RESULTS