November 1, 2010

            The Middlebury College cross country teams swept the field at the 2010 NESCAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Hamilton. The Panthers' men's squad captured their first-ever NESCAC title, scoring 78 points to overcome four-time defending champ Williams. On the women's side, Middlebury won for the 11th time (third straight), as the Panthers scored a championship-record 26 points with five runners in the top 10.

            Middlebury ran to its first men's title with three runners in the top 10. The Panthers best previous finish was third back in '91. Junior Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) led the team with a second place overall finish, coming in with a time of 26:22. Also earning top 10 finishes at the race were rookie Greg Krathwohl (Ipswich, Mass.) (26:36-3rd) and sophomore Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) (26:38-9th). Senior Jack Terrett (Sherborn, Mass.) finished the race in 15th place overall (26:47), while first-year racer Nate Sans (Princeton, Mass.) rounded out the scorers in 45th place (27:38).

            On the women's side, Colette Whitney (High Bridge, N.J.) led a group of Panthers to all cross the finish line within 33 seconds of one another, giving them five racers in the top eight. The rookie finished the race second overall with a time of 22:23. Just three seconds behind in third place was classmate Maddie Hubbell (Des Moines, Iowa) (22:26), followed by junior Claire McIlvennie (Ithaca, N.Y.) in sixth (22:47). First-year racer Katie Rominger (Brooklyn, N.Y.) wasn't far behind in seventh place (22:55), while junior Hannah Meier (Charlotte, Vt.) was on her heels in eighth place (22:56).

            It was also a special sendoff for Middlebury head coach Terry Aldrich, as this was his final NESCAC meet at the helm of the Panthers after 36 years leading both the men and the women.
• Cross Country teams win NESCAC's
• Up next: 11/6 @ ECAC's