Shauneen Garrahan '07
Junior co-captain Shauneen Garrahan will lead the way for the women this season.

Cross Country Eyes Nationals in 2005

September 13, 2005

After four trips to the NCAA Championship Meet in the past five years, the Amherst women's cross country team looks to improve upon last year's 12th-place national finish. Despite the loss of two of their top seven to graduation, including reigning outdoor track 10K National Champion and 18-time All-America Carter Hamill, the Jeffs return four scorers and five of their top six from last year's national meet. Co-captains Margaret Davis '06 and Shauneen Garrahan '07 will lead the way for the Jeffs this season. After a strong start to her sophomore season, Davis battled injuries for much of the next year, missing out on most of 2003 and 2004, but is back and healthy after competing in the 10K at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last spring, and should be one of the top runners in the region this fall. 2003 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, two-time All-NESCAC honoree and reigning 3,000-meter steeplechase National Champion Garrahan looks to add to her nine track and cross-country All-America honors and compete for her second NCAA crown after a 24th-place finish at cross country nationals last fall. Senior and two-time All-America Ginger Polich returns with postseason experience as well, after scoring consistently last season and representing the Jeffs at the cross country national meet. Sophomore All-New England and reigning NESCAC Rookie of the Year Kim Partee is back and healthy after nagging injuries prevented her from finding top form at the end of last season, and will look to factor in on the national scene this year, while classmates Katie Moravec, Laura Mortimer, Meg Ray and Heather Wilson also return after strong rookie campaigns. In addition to the strength of their returnees, the Jeffs should benefit from the help of first-years Nicole Anderson, Zandra Walton, Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Liz Dalton and Tovah Ackerman, as well as former NH State Champion Vanessa Sochat '09E, who missed last season due to injury.

The men's squad has its sights set on its second trip to the national meet in the past three years, after a sixth-place finish at the ECAC meet and a 10th-place showing at regionals last fall. The Jeffs lose three seniors to graduation, including All-NESCAC and All-District honoree Matt Katz and Track All-Americas Dave Molina and Jack Morgan, but return four of their top seven from a year ago, highlighted by reigning NESCAC Rookie of the Year Tomas Morrissey, who missed out on qualifying for the cross country national meet last season by just three-tenths of a second. Senior co-captain Dave Schreiner returns after a semester abroad, while classmate and fellow co-captain Evan Guiney is back after a strong outdoor track season, and both should step into scoring roles this season. Junior Rich Wilson returns after running in the top four for the Jeffs for the majority of last season, while classmates Cooper Knowlton and Nate Freese are also back with substantial varsity experience. Fellow junior Rob Boley looks to run in the top seven for the Jeffs after impressive indoor and outdoor track seasons, while sophomore Mike Harbus should also contribute in a scoring role. With the addition of first-year Harrison Lakehomer, who could have an immediate impact, the Jeffs will field a deep team with at least ten runners who could see time in the scoring column.

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