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Women's Cross Country Wins ECAC Championship; Men Second

November 3, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College women's cross country team placed five runners in the top-15 to win the ECAC Championship Meet Saturday at Williams College, led by junior Martha Nelson (Bethesda, MD), sophomore Aparna Nancherla (McLean, VA), senior co-captain Molly Burnett (Norwich, CT), sophomore Erinn White (Watertown, NY) and first-year Sarah DeGraaf (Langley, WA) - all of whom earned All-ECAC honors. Amherst's men finished second behind Keene State College on the strength of All-ECAC performances by first-year Matt Katz (Tallahassee, FL) and senior co-captain Ben Kozyak (Coral Gables, FL).

Katz's third-place, 26:46 finish and Kozyak's eighth-place, 27:14 time were trailed by junior Carson Taylor (S. Windsor, CT). Taylor posted a 16th place, 27:29 showing, marking sophomore John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO), who placed 24th place at 27:45. First-year Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) and senior co-captain Rusty Ryan (Marblehead, MA) followed suit, posting 30th and 43rd place finishes and crossing the line at 27:59 and 28:11, respectively. First-year Zeke Phillips (Newton, MA) rounded out the top finishers for the men, coming in at 28:39 for a 56th place showing.

The women tore through the course at a blistering pace. Nelson marked a fifth-place day at 19:06, and Nancherla came in on her heels with a sixth-place 19:24. Burnett was next to cross the line for the Jeffs with a 19:39 performance that was good for eighth place, and White grabbed the 11th-place slot with a 19:50 stretch. Degraaf took 14th place in 20:08, and sophomore Helen Dole (Shelburne Falls, MA) ran to a 20:30, 27th-place mark. Sophomore Alyson Venti (Newton, MA) finished the day for the Jeff women, coming in at 20:38 for 34th place.

This Saturday, the team will head to Westfield State College for the District Meet, before traveling to Augustana, IL, for the NCAA Championships on November 17th.

Women's Individual Results
5) Martha Nelson - 19:06
6) Aparna Nancherla - 19:24
8) Molly Burnett - 19:39
11) Erinn White - 19:50
14) Sarah Degraaf - 20:08
27) Helen Dole - 20:30
34) Alyson Venti - 20:38

Men's Individual Results
3) Matthew Katz - 26:46
8) Ben Kozyak - 27:14
16) Carson Taylor - 27:29
24) John Stanton-Geddes - 27:45
30) Jack Morgan - 27:59
43) Rusty Ryan - 28:11
56) Zeke Phillips - 28:39