November 22, 2010

            The Middlebury College women’s cross country team won its sixth NCAA Championship and the 31st for Middlebury College since 1995. Middlebury head coach Terry Aldrich ends his 36-year career at the College in style, going out as a national champion. The Panther men were making their first-ever appearance at the championship event, placing 21st overall. Races were held at Wartburg College in Iowa. The Middlebury women previously won NCAA crowns in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2008.

            The women won the title with185 points, besting second place Washington (Mo.) by eight points. M.I.T. was third (214), followed by Wis.-Eau Claire (218) and Williams (230). First-year racer Colette Whitney (High Bridge, N.J.) led the women with a 24th place finish overall, earning a time of 21:52. Next for the Panthers was sophomore Addie Tousley (Kensington, Md.) in 29th place, followed closely by junior Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.) in 31st (21:58). Senior Hannah Meier (Charlotte, Vt.) finished the race in 47th place (22:12), with junior Claire McIlvennie (Ithaca, N.Y.) rounding out the scorers in 22:18, good for 54th place. Also racing for the Panthers were first-year racers Maddie Hubbell (Des Moines, Iowa) and Katie Rominger (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Hubbell finished 66th (22:27), while Rominger came in 118th (22:55).

            Junior Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) led the team’s team with a 34th place finish in 25:04. Sophomore Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) was next in 96th (25:39), followed by senior Jack Terrett (Sherborn, Mass.) in 110th place (25:46). Rookies Greg Krathwohl (Ipswich, Mass.) and Nate Sans (Princeton, Mass.) rounded out the Middlebury scorers, finishing in 114th (25:48) and 166th (26:15) respectively. Also competing for the Panthers were sophomore Taylor Sundali (Ketchum, Idaho), who placed 179th (26:26) and junior Sam Miller (Needham, Mass.), who came in 216th (27:30). Haverford won the men’s race, followed by North Central and St. Lawrence.
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