HANOVER, Indiana - For the third time in four years, the Middlebury College women's cross country team has captured the NCAA Championship. The '00 and '01 champions earn the 18th National Championship trophy for Middlebury College since '95. The race took place at Hanover College in Indiana.
The race was dominated by NESCAC squads, led by Middlebury in first place with 135 points. Placing second was Trinity with 174, followed by Wisconsin-Stevens Point (193), Williams (206) and Amherst (225).
Leading the way for the Panthers was junior Jessica Manzer (Palatine Bridge, N.Y.), who placed fourth overall in 22:11, 55 seconds off the winning pace. Placing 21st overall was first-year racer Andrea Giddings (S. Portland, Maine) with a time of 23:06, followed closely by senior Molly Yazwinski (Deerfield, Mass.) in 22nd place in 23:08. First-year racer Erin Archard (Vienna, Maine) placed fourth for Middlebury and 42nd overall in 23:30, followed by rookie Stephanie Nugent (Cambridge, Mass.) in 46th place with a time of 23:34.
"We felt a lot of pressure coming into this race, having been ranked number one nationally for most of the season," said Head Coach Terry Aldrich. "To have them respond to that kind of pressure and come through with the championship was really something."
Middlebury, who placed second in '99 and '02 have become quite a national power in women's cross country. "A lot of coaches were talking about our consistent success over that past several years, it's really pretty exciting."
CUMBERLAND, Maine - The Middlebury College Panthers, paced by junior Jessica Manzer's (Palatine Bridge, N.Y.) fourth place finish, captured the 2003 NCAA Division III New England Regional Women's Cross Country Championship at the Twin Brook Recreation Complex Saturday morning.
The Panthers placed their five scoring runners among the first 17 finishers for a team total of 51 points to outdistance rival Williams College which finished second with 77 points. Amherst College and Trinity College each had 113 points to tie for third, and Bowdoin College captured fifth place with 171 points. All five teams advance to next weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship race at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.
Manzer led the Panthers in the race as she finished fourth with a time of 22:18, 27 seconds off the winning pace. Placing eighth and nine with the same time of 22:39 were senior Molly Yazwinski (Deerfield, Mass.) and first-year racer Erin Archard (Vienna, Maine). Rookie Andrea Giddings (S. Portland, Maine) placed 13th with a time of 22:46, followed by junior Marisa Cawley (Bennington, N.H.) in 17th place with a time of 23:00.