Lambert Third, Jeffs 16th at Nationals

Contact: Matthew Hart


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Keri Lambert ’13 earned her second All-American award in cross country, finishing third overall as the Amherst College women placed 16th out of 32 teams at the NCAA Division III National Championship Saturday.

Lambert’s time of 21:13.0 on the six-kilometer course trailed only individual champion Christy Cazzola of UW-Oshkosh (20:53.3) and runner-up Alison Steinbrunner of Ohio Northern (21:08.9). With Steinbrunner’s squad not qualifying, Lambert placed second among team scorers, helping the Jeffs total 396 points, which trailed only fourth-place Williams (266) and 11th-place Middlebury (329) among NESCAC teams at the event.

Totaling 158 points, Johns Hopkins took home the team championship by placing three runners in the top 20, while Wartburg (221) took second and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (233) rounded out the top three.

For Amherst, the 16th-place finish outdid expectations, as the Jeffs entered the championship ranked 23rd nationally.

Lizzy Briskin ’15 was the second Amherst runner across the line, placing 58th among 221 team competitors and 86th in the 277-runner overall field in 22:38.0. Lauren Almeida ’13 wrapped up her cross country career by placing 67th (102nd overall) in 22:45.7.

Caroline Rose ’16 capped her rookie season by placing 127th (177th overall) in 23:17.0, while classmate Betsy Black ’16 rounded out the Amherst scorers, taking 142nd (195th overall) in 23:26.1.

Amy Dao ’14 and Olivia Tarantino ’15 were the final two Jeffs to compete, sticking together and finishing in places 189 and 190 (244 and 246 overall) in 23:58.7 and 24:00.8, respectively.

Amherst’s finish marked the third consecutive season in which the Jeffs have placed within the top 20 nationally, while Lambert’s performance is the program’s strongest individual finish since Elise Tropiano ’09 took second in 2008.

Joining Lambert and Almeida as seniors on this year’s squad were Rebecca Alizzi, Sarah Daly, Abby Hopper, Kristen Moulton, Jamila Odeh and Elodie Reed.