Shauneen Garrahan '07
Senior co-captain Shauneen Garrahan leads the women.

Cross Country Ready to Run Away with a Title

September 13, 2006

The Amherst College women’s cross-country team capped its 2005 season with a seventh place finish at the Division III NCAA Championships; sophomore Kim Partee earned All-America accolades for her 34th place finish and led the team to its top ten finish. While the men’s team did not make the trip to the NCAA championship, sophomore Tomas Morrissey made his first trip as an individual qualifier a very successful one. Morissey ran the perfect race, stuck to the game plan and finished 19th overall, earning Amherst's first men's cross country All-America honors since Rob Mitchell's 1998 nod.

The women return their entire team from NCAAs, and boast incredible depth behind those seven runners. They hope to make a run at the squad's first national championship. Senior co-captain Shauneen Garrahan, who earned All-America honors over her first-year and sophomore campaigns, should be a big player for individual honors following her return to full health. Junior Kim Partee earned All-America honors last fall, and will look to improve upon her finish. Junior Heather Wilson and sopohomore Nicole Anderson should also be in the hunt for All-America bids. Sophomore Elise Tropiano, who finished her 2005 stint on fire, stayed on a tear through the track season. She should prove a major force, along with junior Meg Tay and sophomores Zandra Walton and Caitlin Murphy. Junior Katie Moravec and sophomore Liz Dalton, who both had sensational track seasons, will look to capitalize on that success to earn a spot on the varsity seven. Junior Laura Mortimer - who raced at NCAAs two years ago - will look to regain her form and add even further depth to a loaded team. The icing on the cake, a solid rookie class will gain valuable experience while forming the foundation for a powerful Jeff future.
The men lose their third runner from last year's Districts team, but return everyone else. They also welcome senior John Babbott's return from a junior stint studying abroad. All-America selection Tomas Morrissey will try to crack the Top 10 this fall, and lead a dark horse NCAA qualifying team to the Big Dance. Sophomore Harrison Lakehomer adjusted well by the end of last year and posted some great marks in track; Lakehomer and junior Mike Harbus should form a very solid 2-3 punch for Amherst. Senior co-captain Rich Wilson, classmate Rob Boley, and sophomore Peter Foote - otherwise known as the track team's steeplechasers - should carry their success back to cross country's varied terrain; meanwhile, senior co-captain Cooper Knowlton, and classmates Sam Hayman and Nate Freese will battle for varsity spots. A deep first-year class should make its presence felt immediately. Several of the rookie runners will compete for the scoring spots, and add considerable depth to the program. First-years Carlyle Eubank, Dan Murner, Jimmy Swanson, Eric Holaday, Kit Callahan and Willy Sego could have an immediate impact in their inagural Jeff campaigns.

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