Lambert's Win Leads Jeffs to Second at Westfield

Contact: Matthew Hart


WESTFIELD, Mass. – Keri Lambert ’13 dominated a 453-person field, winning by over 20 seconds to lead the Amherst College women’s cross country team to a second-place finish out of 43 teams at Saturday’s James Earley Invitational at Stanley Park. Lambert’s time of 21:30.11 marked her fastest of the season as she easily bested Middlebury rival Addie Tousley (21:50.61) just two weeks after Tousley outkicked the Amherst All-American at Williams.

Middlebury dominated the team competition, however, totaling just 28 points with five runners among the race’s top 10 finishers. Amherst placed six runners inside the top 30, scoring 64 points as the Panthers and Jeffs easily paced the competition. Wellesley (158 points), Colby (177), and host Westfield State (228) rounded out the top five.

Following Lambert, Lizzy Briskin ’15 was the second Jeff across the line, placing eighth in 22:46.56, while Lauren Almeida ’13 finished 12th (23:02.11), Caroline Rose ’16 found 20th (23:20.45), and Elodie Reed ’13 (23:32.09) placed 27th to complete the Amherst scoring.

Sarah Daly ’13 (23:34.02) followed Reed across the line in 28th and Betsy Black ’16 also finished strong, placing 32nd in 23:40.82.

It was Lambert’s first collegiate event at Stanley Park, but she had plenty of experience with the course, having raced portions of it multiple times while competing for Amherst Regional High School. Westfield State will also host the NCAA Regional Championship on Nov. 10.

Amherst returns home for its next competition, hosting the Little Three Championship on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12 p.m.