Lambert Takes Title, Jeffs Fifth at Regionals
WESTFIELD, Mass. – All-American Keri Lambert ’13 continued her dominant fall Saturday, winning the Division III New England Regional Championship meet and leading the Amherst College women’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish at Stanley Park. Two weeks after claiming the NESCAC individual title, Lambert outpaced an even larger field, completing the six-kilometer course in 20:48.94 and automatically qualifying for the NCAA National Championship.
The Lord Jeffs posted 190 team points, falling short of regional champion MIT (58) as well as NESCAC rivals Williams (75), Middlebury (89), and Bates (145). By finishing in the top five, Amherst earns a chance for an at-large bid to next Saturday’s national meet, with the NCAA to announce the 32 qualifying teams from eight regions Monday afternoon. The top two teams from each region earn automatic bids, with the next three eligible for at-large selection.
Behind Lambert, Lizzy Briskin ’15 was the next Jeff across, earning All-New England honors and taking 28th in 22:19.26. Caroline Rose ’16 (22:48.13) and Lauren Almeida ’13 (22:50.73) stuck together and followed for Amherst, placing 51st and 52nd, respectively. Elodie Reed ’13 was just behind them, completing the Jeff scoring with a 58th-place finish in 22:56.71.
Amherst’s final two racers across the line were Betsy Black ’16 (23:16.49) and Olivia Tarantino ’15 (24:30.76), who placed 80th and 147th, respectively.
For Lambert, the win marked her fifth consecutive individual victory of the fall. It was her second triumph at Stanley Park after the senior dominated the field at the James Earley Invitational on Oct. 6. Her next closest competitor on Saturday was familiar foe Addie Tousley of Middlebury (21:07.13), followed by Williams’ Kaleigh Kenny (21:29.91) and Adrienne Strait (21:38.10) and MIT’s Elaine McVay (21:43.53).
The NCAA National Championships will be held next Saturday, Nov. 17, in Terre Haute, IN.