2001 Season Updates and Race Notes 

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Kudos Winners - Performer of the Meet

NCAA National Championsips - Nov 17th
Kudos Winners - Martha Nelson & Carter Hamill
The women returned to the National Championships looking to improve upon last years showing, and they did so in stellar fashion. Despite 70 degree temperatures in Rock Island, Illinois, the women proved that their Top 10 ranking during the large majority of the season was for real as they finished in 7th place with 255 points. Carter Hamill, as she has since the 2nd meet of the season, led the way again but found a shadow in the name of Martha Nelson througout the entire race as both runners ran to new PR's - 17:43 and 17:44 - and earned All-American honors by virtue of their 18th and 19th place finishes. Carter and Martha are Amherst College's 3rd and 4th All-American XC honorees for the women - joining Berit Ashla and Katie Scangos. Aparna Nancherla came up big again as she just missed her PR while running 18:17 to grab 58th place and the 42nd scoring place. Senior Emily Lobsenz, racing for the first time in 4 weeks due to injury finished 4th for the team with a seasonal best of 18:52 and fellow seniors Rebecca Woo and Diana Rancourt dipped under 19 minutes and were separated by 1 second. Senior captain Molly Burnett rounded out the scoring seven.

NE Districts - Nov 10th (SA#1 on Carter Hamill & Student Article #2)
Kudos Winners - Ben Kozyak and Rusty Ryan & Women's Team
Looking for a return trip to the National Championships, the women raced as a team and put forth their best effort of the season - thus far. In a very tight finish, Amherst finished 3rd despite placing its Top 5 scorers within Middlebury's Top 5 and within Williams Top 4, and in the Top 25 overall finishers. Taking advantage of the near perfect conditions and flat terrain, everyone turned in their fastest times of the season, with many attaining their best times ever in XC. First year Carter Hamill led the way with her 6th place finish while also breaking the 18 minute barrier. Our nest four finishers were within 10 places and 20 seconds of each other as Martha Nelson, Aparna Nancherla, Diana Rancourt and Becca Woo all earned All- New England distinction. Molly Burnett raced under 19 minutes, as she continues to get stronger each weekend, and Erinn White finished 52nd in 19:05 as she rounded out the Top 7 runners. The women head to Augustana College this weekend for the NCAA's and with the addition of Emily Lobsenz, are looking forward to a huge race.

The men came into the meet looking for a Top 10 finish and ended up grabbing that 10th spot, an improvement over last season despite losing its Top 3 runners from last years scoring team. As has been the case for nearly the entire season, the men were led by first year runner Matt Katz - like Carter Hamill for the women, Matt has been the top runner for the team in every meet after the Amherst Invite - who just missed All-New England honors (Top 35) with his 37th place finish and a season PR. John Stanton-Geddes cracked the Top 50 with his 50th placing and second man on the team. Senior Co-Captain Ben Kozyak had a great race to finish his XC career. First year runner, and late season addition, Jack Morgan  finished 4th on the team with his best time of the season and Carson Taylor and senior co-captain Rusty Taylor were hot on his heels. Zeke Philips rounded out the varsity seven with his 27:44 performance

ECAC's - Nov 3rd (Student Article)
Kudos Winners - Matt Katz & Martha Nelson and Sarah Degraaf
The women started off the day by winning their first ever ECAC Championship as we placed our top 5 runners all in the Top 15 - which earns All-ECAC accolades en route to a scores of 44 points. Despite resting four runners for Districts next weekend, the women showed their depth in true fashion as evidenced by the fact that if we had not run our top two runners, our next five still would have won the meet by nearly 20 points. Martha Nelson, racing into top form, led the team with her 5th place finish and was followed closely by Aparna Nacherla in 6th place. Molly Burnett, finally getting her land legs back after nearly a month in the pool was 8th, Erinn White finished close behind her in 11th and the big surprise of the day was the perfromance of Sarah Degraaf as she earned All-ECAC honors with her 15th place finish despite the fact that she was asked to race 5 minutes before the start of the race to replace an injured runner. Helen Dole and Aly Venti finished as the 6th and 7th runners for the team.

The men came up 9 points short in the bid to win their first ECAC title but had a very solid race nonetheless. Matt Katz, running near the front of the race from the gun had his best race of the year to finish 3rd overall (best finish by an Amherst runner in recent memory). Ben Kozyak cracked Top 10 with his 9th palce showing, and Carson Taylor, also having a stellar race, just missed earning All-ECAC honors by one place. John Stanton-Geddes laid it on the line fomr the beginning, as he was always in the top five, but ran out of steam a little bit in the last mile but still was 4th for the team with the hard charging, boot in the middle of the race duo of Jack Morgan and Rusty Ryan finishing close behind as the 5th and 6th runners, and Zeke Phillips finishing off the scoring.

NESCAC's - Oct 27th (Student Article)
Kudos Winners - John Stanton-Geddes & Rebecca Woo
The men and women took advantage of perfect XC weather and a fast Bowdoin XC course to lower season best times at the NESCAC Championships. The women, running without Emily Lobsenz, earned a 3rd place finish and were again led by First year harrier Carter Hamill who, along with Martha Nelson, earned All-NESCAC accolades with their 10th and 13th place finishes as well as new PR's. Rebecca Woo finished 3rd for the women as she ran under the 19 minute barrier for the first time, and Aparna Nancherla missed going under by a second as she continues to impress. Diana Rancourt rounded out the scoring with her 32nd placing, and Molly Burnett and Erinn White finished out the Top 7. In the open 5k, Sarah Degraaf cracked the 20 minute barrier and finished as the 2nd woman - behind Joan Benoit-Samuelson of Olympic Marathoning fame. In the saem race, several women finished their season with outstanding races as Alison Rodriguez returned to early season form with a great race, and Marcie Griffith had her best race of the season.

The men improved upon last years finish with their 6th place performance. John Stanton-Geddes had a huge race as he ran n the Top15 runners for nearly the entire race before a nasty fall in the last 800m took away some of his momentum. Despite the fall he still managed to get up, bloodied and battered and finished 25th with a PR. Matt Katz, was the top finisher as he nipped John at the line to finish 24th. Ben Kozyak got his best time to date as 3rd man, and Zeke Phillips lowered his best time of the season as the 4th man. Jack Morgan cracked the 27 mark as he finished 5th with Carson Taylor having a great race finishing just behind him. Rusty Ryan rounded out the Top7 with a big PR. Alex Lenkoski, David Molina, and Martin Keck all nearly broke the 28 minute mark.

Little Three's - Oct 20th (Student Article)
Kudos Winners - Jack Morgan & Molly Burnett
The teams competed in the annual Little Three championships, held this year at Wesleyan at Veterans Memorial Park. For the last time this season, both teams competed as a team in its entirety as squad limits are imposed for the remainder of the championship season. In the womens races, Williams got the victory by a mere 1 point despite our having our top 5 runners in before their 4th and 5th runners. Carter Hamill was the top finisher for the team again this weekend, as she cruised to a 3rd place finish. Martha Nelson was the 2nd Amherst runner to cross the line, as returned to her early season form. Diana Rancourt, Becca Woo and Emily Lobsenz came across the line 7,8 and 9 to finish the scoring, with Aparna Nancherla - as she did last fall - having a great race to break into the varsity scoring. Molly Burnett, still smelling of the pool where she has been for the last 4 weeks had a great return to land with her 7th place team finish and looks to build on that over the remaing races. Ali Dimon ran a tough race to grab the 8th spot for the women.

The men stuck to the game plan of running as a pack for the first 3-4 miles in an effort to help develop a few of the runners, and despite having a significant gap grow during the race, they closed extremely well over the last mile. Matt Katz was the top finisher and had John Stanton-Geddes and Ben Kozyak hot on his heels. Zeke Phillips was the 4th man on the team, and no doubt the big surprise and possibly the biggest benefactor of the pack running was Jack Morgan. Running in his first XC race ever, he stuck with the pack and despite having Bob Kempainen (96 Olympic Marathon Trials) like difficulties in the latter stages of the race he managed to finish 5th for the team. Rusty Ryan and Mike Page, who continues to battle a  nagging knee injury, both raced extremely well to round out the Top 7. Cameron Millard had a great finishing kick to close the gap between himself and the Top 7. Dave Molina, also racing his first XC race of the season, had a solid race as he cracked the 30 minute barrier.

Open NE's - Oct 12th (SA#1 & SA#2)
Kudos Winners - Alex Lenkoski & Laurel Kilgour
The Open New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston officially started the championship portion of the season for us. The weather was extremely hot and very dusty as both the men and the women raced split squads as there were Varsity (Top Seven) and Junior Varsity sections. The women's JV race was the first of the day and Laurel Kilgour got things started quickly by leading the team with her  11th place finish and sub 20 minute clocking with Aparna Nancherla nipping at her heels in 14th and cracking the 20 minute barrier for the first time ever! Sarah Degraaf again lowered her PR as she inches towards the elusive 20 minute barrier. Cecily Brewer and Erinn White finished 4th and 5th as the team grabbed a third place finish. In the varsity race, we earned our first ever Top 10 finish as we ended up 7th in the overall scoring. Carter Hamill again led the team as she garnered All-New England Honors (Top 30 finishers) with her 23rd place finish in 18:40 and Emily Lobsenz and Becca Woo were close behind as they finished in 39th and 42nd respectively. Aly Venti and Helen Dole each ran to their season best times with Helen's a new PR! as they rounded out the scoring.

The men were looking for a Top 20 overall finish, as well as to be in the Top 10 amongst DIII teams and accomplished both - 19th and 7th respectively. Matt Katz, at ease with his native Florida like weather, again took top billing for the men with his PR time of 26:16 as he moved up strongly over the last 2 miles of the race. John Stanton-Geddes, Ben Kozyak and Zeke Phillips all ran under the 27 minute mark, and Carson Taylor came in 5th for the team. Mike Page, racing for the first time since the 2nd meet due to injury was our 6th man and Rusty Ryan came in at 27:45. In the JV race, Martin Keck, Alex Lenkoski and Cameron Millard all finished within a few seconds of each other as they all ran under 29 minutes.

Tufts Invite - Sept 29th (Student Article 1 & Student Article 2)
Kudos Winners - Rusty Ryan and Helen Dole & Sarah DeGraf
The Tufts meet was the final meet before the championship portion of the season starts and both teams competed very well. The women raced aggressively and were very impressive despite the windy and chilly conditions, and the absence of a couple of key runners. Carter Hamill continued to lead the team as she placed 6th overall and cracked the 19 minute barrier for the first time this season. Close behind were Diana Rancourt, Emily Lobsenz and Becca Woo in 11th, 12th, and 14th. All four got out very aggressively in the race and set themselves up nicely near the front of the pack which is going to be important for the upcoming races.Helen Dole had her best XC race thus far as she not only rounded out the scoring as our 5th runner, but also ran well under 20 minutes for the first time. She has been racing extremely well and with a lot of confidence all season, and she really stepped it up a notch. Aly Venti and Ali Dimon, both battling the effects of colds finished 6th and 7th on the team.  Cecily Brewer and Erinn White each ran their best times of the season, while Sarah DeGraf ran to a new personal best by over 20 seconds.

The men were again led by first year harrier Matt Katz, and his finishing kick, as he finished in 13th place just a place ahead of Ben Kozyak, who had a great middle portion of the race. John Stanton-Geddes went out aggressively and was in the top 7 wiht a mile to go before fading to 17th, but the experience and confidence from his early tactics will pay off handsomely later in the season. Zeke Phillips, Rusty Ryan and Carson Taylor all finished within a few seconds of each other. Rusty ran a great race, especially his last 2 miles and Carson run very tough as he was coming off of a week in the pool due to a nagging injury. Cameron Millard was the 7th man for us again as he lowered his PR for the 2nd week in a row. Martin Keck returned to action for the first time since sophomore year, and Jake Cooper dipped under the 30 minute barrier in his first XC race of the year.

Codfish Bowl - Sept 22nd (Student Article 1 & Student Article 2)
Kudos Winners - Carson Taylor and Alison Rodriguez
The men, racing without top runner Mike Page who missed the meet due to an injury, continued to get great pack running and excellent performances from the team as we finished in 4th place. Matt Katz led the team with his 10th place performance, as he raced more aggressively in the early miles and had a strong last mile. John Stanton-Geddes was few seconds back in 15th place and was followed by Ben Kozyak and Zeke Phillips in 26th and 27th. Carson Taylor rounded out the scoring 5 with a very gutsy performance despite not feeling at even close to 100%. Cameron Millard and Rusty Ryan rounded out the Top 7. A willingness to lay it on the line on race day, and their ability to work with each other during the race has been a huge reason for the success so far, and we hope to continue to build on that as the season progresses.

The women again showed off their depth and over all strength as they defended their title as Codfish Bowl champions with a very narrow victory over nationally ranked Brandeis University. Carter Hamill led the way for the 2nd week in a row as she finished in 9th place overall. We were able to pack in 6 more women in the next 18 spots to solidify the voctory. Emiy Lobsenz finished 13th and Diana Rancourt, quickly rounding into the racing form she was in last year also finished in the top 15. Becca Woo and Ali Dimon rounded out the scoring 5 for us, as both had solid races and Molly Burnett was 6th on the team, and Alison "AROD" Rodriguez had a huge race as she dipped under 20 minutes and finished 7th for the team, andhad a big finishing kick to edge by the 4th and 5th runners for Brandeis and insure the win. Helen Dole had another extremely strong race as she continues to flirt with the 20 minute mark. While the depth and overall strength of the team is very apparent, we continue to look for some of the experienced veterans on the team to really step up and set themselves up as front runners and in doing so, will hopefully bring some of the front pack runners with them.

Panther Invite - Sept 15th (Student Article 1 & Student Article 2)
Kudos Winners - Matt Katz & Carter Hamill
The women started things off in Middlebury as they raced against the Top Two teams in the country in Middlebury and Moravian. Carter Hamill was the first Amherst runner to cross the line as she placed 11th over all, and then was followed closely by a very tight pack, as the remaining Top 7 were all squeezed in the next 11 places, and within 40 seconds of each other. Emily Lobsenz also finished in the Top 15, while Aly Venti who was battling a cold and racing in her first race of the year was the 3rd runner  on the team with Molly Burnett and Rebecca Woo finishing just behind. Ali Dimon and Diana Rancourt rounded out the varsity 7, but the depth on the team was really showcased as our next 4 runners - Hilary Plum, Alison Rodriguez, Cecily Brewer and Helen Dole - all squeezed in before the 6th and 7th runners of Moravian. Our top 11 runners finished just over a minute of each other.

Miek Page, rebounding from a stomach cramp that hampered his race last week, led the team with his 8th place showing. The strength of the the young team is certainly going to be in their ability to finish tightly in a group and that was evidenced by our next 5 guys finishing in the Top 15. Matt Katz, borrowing spikes that were not his and not his size ran a strong second half of the race and threw in a devastating kick over the last 200m to move up from #5 man all the way to #2. Zeke Phillips, again a victim by a 1/2 second to Matt's kick, finished right behind in 11th, John Stanton-Geddes and Ben Kozyak were 12th and 13th, and Carson Taylor used a strong finish to distance himself from several runners and grab the last Top 15 shirt. Rusty Ryan had a great race to finish 7th overall for the team and 22nd overall.

Amherst Invite - Sept 8th (Student Article 1 & Student Article 2)
Kudo Winners - Ben Kozyak & Aparna Nancherla
Both teams opened up their seasons by running on our home course at the Amherst Invite. Despite the absence of a few runners due to classes and very hot weather, we had an outstanding meet. The women started off the season with a big victory over the field which included Brandeis, revenging the loss to the Judges at last years invite. Martha Nelson, in her first XC race (having switched from soccer last fall) was the top harrier in 5th and was followed by seniors Becca Woo and Emily Lobsenz (both bettering their best times on the course considerably) in 6th and 7th. First year Carter Hamill earned a Top 10 finish, as well as 4th for the team in her first race, and Molly Burnett rounded out the scoring with a 12th place finish. Ali Dimon and Aparna Nancherla, who bested her time from last year by 2 minutes, closed out the top 7, as all  were within 1:00 of each other. Helen Dole and Cecily Brewer ran considerably faster then last year as they were sandwiched between Hilary Plum and first year Alison Rodriguez for the 8th through 11th spots.

The men finished second behind Trinity for top honors and got several outstanding performances. Senior captain Ben Kozyak had his best XC race to date as he led the team with his 5th place finish, and looked outstanding as he cruised to a home course PR by over a minute. John Stanton-Geddes, also bettering his best time from last year, finished 8th over all and first year runners Matt Katz and Zeke Phillips battled to the wire finishing 10th and 11th in their first races in the black and purple. Carson Taylor rounded out the scoring with his 13th place run, and first year Cameron Millard (23rd - with a huge finishing kick) and senior captain Rusty Ryan (28th) rounded out the Top 7.

Current Depth Chart - Men then Women

Last First Year Amherst Midd. Codfish Tufts NE's L3's Nesc ECAC Dist NCAA
Aaron Jamaal 05 . . . . . . 28:58 . . .
Cooper Jake 02 . . . 29:48 . 38:01 . . . .
Katz Matthew 05 28:29 27:20 26:23 27:09 26:16 27:34 26:12 26:46 26:10.
Keck Martin 02 . . . 29:22 28:38 29:44 28:16 . . .
Kozyak Ben 02 27:42 27:32 27:06 27:13 26:56 27:43 26:31 27:14 26:36.
Lenkoski Alex 03 31:19 31:04 30:05 30:56 28:48 31:18 28:01 . . .
Millard Cameron 05 30:13 30:52 28:52 28:38 28:51 28:51 . . . .
Molina David 05 . . . . . 29:44 28:10 . . .
Morgan Jack 05 . . . . . 28:25 26:57 27:59 26:56 .
Page Michael 04 32:03 27:01 . . 27:31 28:34 . . . .
Phillips Zeke 05 28:33 27:21 27:07 28:02 26:59 28:07 26:47 28:39 27:43.
Ryan Rusty 02 30:37 28:20 29:08 28:09 27:47 28:27 27:19 28:11 27:21.
Stanton-Geddes John 04 27:51 27:25 26:34 27:14 26:40 27:39 26:13 27:45 26:24
Taylor Carson 03 28:51 28:00 27:36 28:14 27:26 29:01 27:02 27:29 27:15.
Brewer Cecily 02 20:51 20:18 20:28 20:12 20:24 20:38 20:35 . . .
Burnett Molly 02 20:14 19:40 19:56 . . 19:49 19:31 19:39 18:53 19:10
Degraf Sarah 05 21:59 21:24 21:34 20:27 20:10 20:41 19:57 20:08 . .
Dimon Alison 03 20:19 19:48 19:44 20:00 . 19:58 19:46 . . .
Dole Helen 04 20:49 20:21 20:06 19:48 19:31 20:10 20:07 20:30 . .
Griffith Marcia 05 23:27 22:24 23:10 22:31 22:12 22:15 21:18 . . .
Hamill Carter 05 20:00 19:12 19:03 18:56 18:40 18:34 18:30 . 17:45 17:43
Kilgour Laurel 03 . 20:55 21:29 20:28 19:53 20:38 19:53 . . .
Lipez Julie 02 27:55 25:12 25:45 23:58 23:58 24:01 23:27 . . .
Lobsenz Emily 02 19:53 19:30 19:26 19:19 19:06 19:25 . . . 18:52
McNamara Anne 04 . 22:24 22:14 22:04 21:41 21:55 22:12 . . .
Nancherla Aparna 04 20:31 20:24 20:37 . 19:59 19:46 19:01 19:24 18:13 18:17
Nelson Martha 03 19:31 . . . 19:57 19:05 18:42 19:06 18:08 17:44
Noyes Noelle 02 . . . 22:38 21:11 22:30 20:40 . . .
Perez Annie 02 . . . 21:38 . . 21:19 . . .
Plum Hilary 03 20:47 20:05 20:06 . . . . . . .
Rancourt Diana 02 21:39 19:54 19:28 19:16 19:42 19:18 19:18 . 18:23 18:57
Rodriguez Alison 05 20:53 20:06 19:56 20:31 21:49 22:34 20:09 . . .
Venti Alyson 04 . 19:39 20:44 19:54 19:29 21:11 19:40 20:38 . .
White Erinn 04 . 20:45 20:18 20:16 20:35 20:19 19:35 19:48 19:05 .
Woo Rebecca 02 19:51 19:45 19:36 19:25 19:08 19:24 18:59 . 18:28 18:56