1996 Cross Country: A Look Back

[Senior Co-Captain Kelly Jennings] Both the men's and women's team met with great success during the fall. The men capped their season with a 5th place showing at the NCAA Regionals, missing 3rd by a mere 7 points. They also placed 3rd at NESCACs, 2nd at Little IIIs and won the Conn College Invitational with a mere 17 point. The team was led by senior co-captains Thane Hancock and Donald Baril with support from a strong corps of runners, including All-NESCAC and All-New England performers Rob Mitchell '99, Dan Chandler '99, Jon Prokup '99 and Allen Nunnally '99.

[All-New England Runner Dan Chandler '99] The women's team not only boasted fine quality, but they added depth to the equation as the team numbers soared to 16 members. The leadership and front-running of Captain Amanda Weiss '97, combined with the dedication of Kelly Jennings '98, Dini Pineda '00, Lisa Yurwit '98 and Hannah Gersen '00, helped to secure a victory at the Conn College Invitational, Amherst's first victory in over a decade.

1997 Amherst Cross Country: A Look Ahead

[Senior Co-Captain Lisa Yurwit] The men lose only two runners to graduation from a year ago, and with the experience that a year brings, the Lord Jeffs should start up where they left off. Co-Captains Mitchell and Rafe Jones '98 will be looked upon to lead a team of underclassmen to their first berth at the Nationals Championships in Boston. Mitchell, Chandler, Prokup, Nunnally, Erick Hung '99 and Mike Morris '00 all set school records during the track season, and they are looking for even greater success during cross country

[The Grueling Memorial Hill] While the women's lone graduating loss is huge in Amanda Weiss, everyone else returns with a year's worth of experience. Bolstered by a phenomenal recruiting class for the women, the Jeffs should make huge improvements over the course of the season. Co-Captains Jennings and Yurwit will lead a very young team, including Pineda, Gersen, Rebecca O'Dunne '01 and Courtney Jennings '01, on its quest towards excellence in a very tough NESCAC conference.

We are committed to developing teams and individuals that will be competitive on the Little III, NESCAC, ECAC, New England and National level. Our goal is to help the student athletes develop the skills and discipline needed to reach their fullest potential as athletes, as students, and as people. We welcome and encourage all runners who are committed and dedicated, regardless of ability, as these are two qualities essential to reaching one's potential.