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NCAA Championships

Nov 18th at Voice of America Park, Ohio

Full Results

Meet Recap at Bottom of Page

Team Scores - Women - 2nd with 145 points

Amherst Results

23:11 - All-American
23:19 - All-American


Meet recap

Runner of the Meet - Heather Wilson'07

The women headed to the National Championships looking to compete against the best teams in the country and when the day had finished, the best team proved to be a familiar foe, as Middlebury edged us out by one point - the closest finish in history - 144-145, with Calvin only 4 points back in 3rd place. Knowing that things were going to be very tight, and that the team battle was up for grabs and and would be determined by a very small amount of points became heartbreaking clear when the results were posted. Middlebury finished with 144 points, while we were 1 point behind them. While the course was a flat one that has seen its share of fast times in the past time, mother nature dumped enormous amounts of rain on it in the past 2 weeks and changed the complexion of it. Where there once was grass was now ankle deep mud and standing water puddles up to your calves, and what was to be a fast course now became a race of strength and attrition. Heather Wilson and Kim Partee worked together and got out aggressively, moving into the Top 15 by the mile and then continued to move from there. In the last mile, Heather would pull away slightly and finished in 7th place - her first ever All-American finish, and her biggest race ever. Kim came in only a few seconds later, grabbing 11th place - improving upon her 34th place from last year. Meg Ray had a big race as well, as she moved up strongly in the last mile to finish 45th - missing All-American by a mere 9 seconds - and Shauneen Garrahan came in 4 seconds later in 49th. Elise Tropiano battled both a leg injury and the mud to finish out the scoring for us in 75th while and Sophie Galleher, capping a phenomenal freshman season, came in 78th, 2 seconds after her. Katie Moravec finished 167th to round out the varsity seven who made Amherst history by being the first team to stand on the awards stand and improving upon our 5th place performance from 5 four years ago. In the 4 races we did not win this season, we finished 2nd in each and the combined margin of difference from us to the winner was a miniscule 19 points. While the mud probably played a factor in the race, we did not let it deter our determination to finish the season with a great race, and while missing the win by such a tiny margin certainly stings, we will return 6 of our 7 (and a great deal of depth to back them up) and they have already set their sights on winning the Championship next fall.