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Carter Hamill '05 & Shauneen Garrahan '07
Senior co-captain Carter Hamill (right) and sophomore Shauneen Garrahan (left) finished less than two seconds apart in fifth and sixth places.

Amherst Women's Cross Country Fourth at NCAA Regionals, Earns Bid to National Championship, Men Finish 10th

November 15, 2004

CUMBERLAND, ME -The Amherst College womenís cross country team earned its second straight bid to the NCAA National Championship meet with a fourth-place showing at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine on Saturday. Senior All-America Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) and sophomore All-America Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) paced the women, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. The menís team wrapped up its season with a 10th-place performance, led by first-year All-New England honoree Tomas Morrissey (Astoria, OR), who placed 17th individually.

Hamill and Garrahan crossed the line less than two seconds apart, covering the 6k course in 21:52.2 and 21:54.0, respectively. Hamillís finish secured her fourth All-New England award in as many years, while Garrahan captured her second. First-year Kim Partee (Brentwood, TN) also grabbed All-New England honors with her 33rd-place showing. Junior Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI), first-year Laura Mortimer (Jackson, MS), and classmate Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) took 55th, 61st, and 67th, respectively, while senior co-captain Alison Rodriguez (Albany, NY) placed 123rd.

Morrissey sped through the menís 8k course in 26:34.4 but missed qualifying for nationals by just three-tenths of a second. Senior co-captains Matt Katz (Tallahassee, FL) and Dave Molina (Cleveland, MO) posted 33rd- and 37th-place showings, respectively, with Katz netting his second All-New England award in as many years. Sophomore Richard Wilson (Columbus, OH) and senior Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) finished 80th and 91st, while sophomores Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT) and Cooper Knowlton (Montclair, NJ) placed 115th and 194th.

Caroline Cretti of Williams College and Ben Schmeckpeper of MIT captured the individual crowns in the womenís and menís races, while the Middlebury women and Tufts men took home the team titles.

The Amherst women, who finished fifth at last yearís NCAA Championships, travel to Wisconsin-Eau Claire for this Saturdayís national meet.

1. Middlebury College - 58
2. Williams College - 64
3. Colby College - 131
4. Amherst College - 160
5. Wesleyan University - 163

5. Carter Hamill - 21:52.2
6. Shauneen Garrahan - 21:54.0
33. Kim Partee - 23:12.4
55. Ginger Polich - 23:41.3
61. Laura Mortimer - 23:50.5
67. Katie Moravec - 23:59.1
123. Alison Rodriguez - 25:13.3

1. Tufts University - 62
2. Williams College - 83
3. Keene State - 112
4. Bates College -145
5. Wesleyan University - 189
6. MIT - 190
T-7. Middlebury - 245
T-7. Conn. College - 245
9. Trinity College - 251
10. Amherst College - 258

17. Tomas Morrissey - 26:34.4
33. Matt Katz - 27:02.1
37. Dave Molina - 27:07.0
80. Richard Wilson - 27:59.1
91. Jack Morgan - 28:14.2
115. Nate Freese - 28:38.9
194. Cooper Knowlton - 30:59.1