Wesleyan University hosted the 2015 NESCAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 31. After such a dry fall, the home course at Long Lane Farm was in great shape, and the runners were welcomed with clear skies, temperatures in the 50's, and very little wind. As usual, the race for the conference title would be extremely competitive, with multiple nationally ranked teams competing. The women's race included national #2 Williams, #4 Tufts, and #7 Middlebury, while the men's race included #2 Williams, #5 Amherst, #19 Bates, #29 Wesleyan, and #31 Tufts.
The women's 6000m race started at noon and went out hard, with the leaders going through the mile in 5:40. Molly Schassberger '17 (Winslow, ME/Winslow) once again finished first for the Lady Cardinals, running 23:06.70 for 33rd. The duo of Julia Mitchell '19 (Bellevue, WA/The Northwest School) and Caroline Elmendorf '17 (Bethesda, MD/Walt Whitman) once again finished close together, with Mitchell running 23:17.20 for 40th and Elmendorf running 23:23.00 for 44th. Juli Riggs '17 (Lambertville, NJ/South Hunterdon Regional), who has been rehabbing from injury for much of the season, had a strong return to competition with a 67th place finish in 24:06.60. Morgan Findley '18 (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Academy) rounded out the scoring five for the women, running 24:36.70 for 84th.
Williams College won the women's race with 30 points, followed by Tufts in second (66 points) and Middlebury in third (92 points). The Wesleyan women finished ninth overall, besting Trinity and Hamilton by 50 and 60 points, respectively.
The men's 8000m race went off at 1pm. The Wes men started conservatively and tucked themselves into the pack, then did an excellent job of steadily moving up throughout the race. Taylor Titcomb '16 (Port Washington, NY/Paul. D Schreiber) was the first Cardinal across the line, placing 19th in 25:55.90. Will Dudek '17 (Montclair, NJ/Montclair Kimberley Academy) had an outstanding race, placing 25th in 26:03.35. Reid Hawkins '17 (Glen Ridge, NJ/Glen Ridge) finished 32nd in 26:15.17, while Keith Conway '16 (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport) and Eric Arsenault '17 (Branford, CT/Branford) also recorded top-40 finishes. Conway was 38th in 26:23.94 and Arsenault was 39th in 26:24.95.
Williams College won the men's race with 36 points, followed by Amherst in second (61 points) and Tufts in third (99 points). Wesleyan finished sixth overall with 150 points, but was only six points behind the fourth place team.
You can check out pictures from the meet in the next few days on our Facebook page:
Wesleyan's top seven runners have a break from competition this coming weekend and will race in the New England Regional Championships on November 14th. The rest of the team will have one more chance to compete at the ECAC Championships this coming Saturday, November 7. Williams College will host the ECAC meet, with the women's race at 11am and the men's race at noon.