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Carter Hamill '05 & Shauneen Garrahan '07
Senior Carter Hamill and sophomore Shauneen Garrahan are two of four returning scorers from last year's NCAA Championship meet.

Cross Country Teams Prepped for Return to Nationals

September 10, 2004

AMHERST, MA - After a trip to the 2003 NCAA Championship Meet, the Amherst womenís cross country team looks to repeat the success of last season. Despite the loss of three graduates, including reigning New England Champion Aly Venti, the Jeffs return four scorers from the national meet, highlighted by senior captain Carter Hamill and sophomore Shauneen Garrahan. Hamill looks to add to her 13 track and cross country All-America honors and pick up her fourth NCAA crown after a fourth-place finish at nationals last fall, while Garrahan is the defending NESCAC Champion and should improve on her 10th place finish at NCAAís, as she developed into one of the best runners in the country in her rookie campaign. Junior Margaret Davis was a force early last year, and after an outstanding track season should be one of the top runners in the region. Junior Ginger Polich returns with postseason experience as well, with a confidence-building track season under her belt. Senior captain Alison Rodriguez battled nagging injuries last fall but showed no ill effects during the track season as she consistently lowered her personal bests and could be an impact runner this fall. Several first-year harriers could have an immediate impact in the team scoring and provide the boost the team needs to challenge for a national championship, including Laura Mortimer, a former Mississippi state high school champion; Massachusetts All-State honoree Heather Wilson; Kim Partee, who helped lead her team to a Tennessee state title with a third-place finish; and Meg Ray, who has posted some excellent cross-country times.

The menís squad qualified for its first ever national meet by a mere two points last fall and hopes to repeat its performance despite the loss of two of its top-five runners. Senior captain Matt Katz leads the way, coming off an All-District and All-NESCAC junior campaign, while classmates Jack Morgan and Dave Molina look to improve on their personal bests as well. Junior Dave Schreiner had a strong fall, improved dramatically during the track season and should step into a scoring role this season, and sophomores Brandt Tullis, Cooper Knowlton, Rich Wilson, John Babbott and Nate Freese could each see time in the scoring column. The return of senior Zeke Phillips and sophomore Fraser Kitchell, and the addition of first-year runners Tomas Morrisey and Mike Harbus, also help the teamís depth.