Cross Country Teams Head To NCAA's - Watch Races!
November 16, 2010
The Middlebury College men's and women's cross country teams will take part in the 2010 NCAA Championship races hosted by Wartburg College. The 32-team races will take place at Max Championship Cross Country Course in Waverly, Iowa, with the men's event at noon and the women's race at 1:00 p.m. eastern. The women are making their 15th straight appearance at the event, while the Panther men are going as a team for the first time in school history.
The Middlebury women will be looking for their sixth NCAA title, previously capturing the crown in '00, '01, '03, '06 and '08 with second place finishes in '99, '02 and '04. The top-ranked Panthers earned their way into the national meet with an automatic bid after winning the NCAA Regional race last weekend at Williams. Earlier in the year, the Middlebury women won their 11th NESCAC Championship.
Travelling with the women will be seniors Amanda Lee (Lincoln, Neb.) and Hannah Meier (Charlotte, Vt.), juniors Claire McIlvennie (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.), sophomore Addie Tousley (Kensington, Md.) and first-year racers Colette Whitney (High Bridge, N.J.), Madie Hubbell (Des Moines, Iowa) and Katie Rominger (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
The men's team earned an at-large bid to the championships after a fourth place finish as last weekend's NCAA Regional race. The team is now ranked 22nd nationally after its best season in school history. The team captured its first NESCAC title on October 30th and hopes to continue its momentum into this weekend's championship race.
Making the trip for the men will be seniors Jack Terrett (Sherborn, Mass.) and Donovan Dickson (Austin, Tex), juniors Sam Miller (Needham, Mass.), Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) and Taylor Sundali (Ketchum, Idaho), sophomore Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and rookies Greg Krathwohl (Ipswich, Mass.) and Nate Sans (Princeton, Mass.).
The weekend will also be the final one for Middlebury head coach Terry Aldrich, who is retiring in December after 36 years as the head coach of the cross country programs at Middlebury. He has led his women's teams to 11 NESCAC and NCAA Regional Championships, as well as five NCAA Championships. His teams have also won numerous state and ECAC titles during his tenure. This fall, the Middlebury men's team did something they had never done before, won the NESCAC Championship.
Fifteen times his women's teams have qualified for the NCAA's, while he has also coached 16 individuals to NCAA appearances, including '85 NCAA Champion, Dorcas Den Hartog '87. Nine racers on the men's side have advanced to the NCAA's under Aldrich.
During his tenure at Middlebury he has coached 29 cross-country All-Americans. After the '00, '01, '03, '06 and '08 seasons, in which the women won the National Championship, Aldrich was named the NESCAC, New England, and National Coach of the Year. Aldrich coached his 31st and final season with the Middlebury ski team in the winter of '05-'06.