WATERFORD, Conn.--The Williams College men and Middlebury College women prevailed as the winners at the 2013 NESCAC Cross Country Championships hosted by Connecticut College on a picture perfect day at Harness Memorial State Park Saturday.
Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College posted a time of 24:35 to win the men's 8k individual title, besting the previous course record by 18 seconds. It marked the first time a Camel cross country runner had claimed an individual title at a NESCAC Championship. Colin Cotton of Williams College placed second with a time of 24:42.
Kaleigh Kenny of Williams College topped the field in the women's 6k championship, tying a course record with a time of 21:20 for the Ephs. Erzsebet Nagy of Middlebury College placed second with a time of 21:27. Junior Alison Maxwell used one last strong surge in the closing 50 meters to pass Abby Barker of Tufts University in a photo finish for third place. Maxwell's time was 21:43 while Barker's official time was 21:43.9.
The Williams College men placed three of their runners among the top nine in the field to win the NESCAC crown with a score of 51 points. The Middlebury College Panthers scored 62 points Saturday, placing four of their harriers among the top 13 in the field. Tufts University placed third with a score of 103 points.
Bowdoin College (114) took fourth place and was followed by Colby (117), Bates (148), Amherst (180), Connecticut College (201), Hamilton College (234), Wesleyan University (258) and Trinity College (353).
Middlebury College ran away from the field in the women's race, placing five of its runners among the top nine. Williams College placed three of its runners in the top 10 to secure a second place finish with 51 points. Tufts University placed third as the Jumbos had three of their runners finish among the top 20.
Bates College scored 138 points to finish fourth and was followed by Hamilton College (147), Colby College (183), Connecticut College (188), Amherst College (192), Bowdoin College (235), Wesleyan University (289) and Trinity College (333).
Complete Results from today's championships can be found here.
"Mike ran his race according to plan today," Connecticut College Head Men's Cross Country Coach Jim Butler said. "He's in very good shape right now as we head towards regionals."
Sophomore Patrick Dermody (Erieville, N.Y.) posted a time of 25:47 en route to his 35th place showing. Ben Bosworth (Dorchester, Mass.) placed 51st in the race with a time of 26:12. Billy Barnes (New York, N.Y.) was next for the Camels with a time of 26:31 in 64th place.
Sophomore Brad DeMarco (Weston, Conn.) was the fifth Camel finisher in 71st place with a time of 26:46. Niall Williams (Scotia, N.Y.) posted a time of 27:05 en route to his 90th place finish. Freshman Zander Mintz (East Windsor, N.J.) was 97th for the Camels with a time of 27:15.
In the NESCAC Women's Championship, the Camels were paced by freshman Kelsey McGinnis, who posted a time of 22:12 to finish in 14th place. McGinnis is just the third first year Camel women's cross country runner to finish among the top 14 at a NESCAC Championship.
"We had set a goal to finish in eighth place or higher," Connecticut College Head Women's Cross Country Coach Ned Bishop said. "To achieve our highest team finish since 2006 with three freshmen leading us was very impressive."
Ashley Curran (Franklin, Mass.) posted a time of 22:39 to finish in 27th place. Isabella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) was next in 61st place with a time of 23:40. In her second race of the season, Ariana Beers (Fayetteville, N.Y.) logged a time of 23:43 to finish in 63rd place.
Emily Winter (Easton, Conn.) checked in with a time of 23:44 in 64th place. Nicole Adam (Cheshire, Conn.) posted a time of 23:55 to finish in 69th place for the Camels. Anna Curtis-Heald (Cumberland Foreside, Maine) was the 102nd finisher with a time of 25:04 for Connecticut College.