All-NESCAC XCountry Teams Announced
November 3, 2010
The NESCAC has released its 2010 All-Conference cross country selections, based on individual's finishes at the recent NESCAC Championship races. Head Coach Terry Aldrich was chosen as the Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, marking the third consecutive year has he earned the honor on the women's side. The Middlebury women won the title for the third consecutive year and 11th overall, while the men captured their first title.
Middlebury first-year racer Colette Whitney (High Bridge, N.J.) led the brigade of Panthers on the All-Conference first-team, as four of the seven selections hailed from the championship-winning team. Whitney paced the Panthers for the fifth time this fall with a second-place showing (22:23.2), and the performance was tops among rookies, making her NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Classmates Maddie Hubbell (Des Moines, Iowa) and Katie Rominger (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also earned All-NESCAC first-team, finishing third and seventh, respectively. After earning second-team honors in 2007, Middlebury junior Claire McIlvennie (Ithaca, N.Y.) was a repeat member of the first-team. McIlvennie was the fourth member from the Panthers to be recognized on the first-team, coming in sixth with a time of 22:47.7. Earning second-team honors for the Middlebury women were juniors Hannah Meier (Charlotte, Vt.) and Chelsea Ward-Waller (Washington, D.C.).
Junior Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) earned first-team honors on the men's side, finishing the race second overall in 26:22. He was also a first-team honoree a year ago, earning second-team honors during his rookie season. Joining him on the first-team was rookie Greg Krathwohl (Ipswich, Mass.), who finished the race in seventh place with a time of 26:36. Sophomore Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) was named to the second-team for the Panthers.
Middlebury head coach Terry Aldrich swept the coaching honors, as his peers unanimously chose him as the Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. In his 36th and final year with the Panthers, Aldrich guided the Middlebury women's team to its 11th NESCAC title - tying it with Williams for the most championships all-time. The Panthers posted a championship-record score of 26, the lowest total in the 28-year history of the event. In addition, Aldrich's men's team won the NESCAC crown for the first time ever, edging four-time defending NESCAC champ Williams by 16 points this past weekend. Aldrich previously received recognition as the conference's women's coach of the year in 2000, 2001, 2008, and 2009. He has also been honored at the national level as coach of the year on five occasions, most recently in 2008 after the Panthers captured the NCAA crown. It is the first time that he has ever been named men's coach of the year for the league.