MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's cross country team took second place and the men occupied third during Middlebury College's four-school Aldrich Invitational on Saturday, the first of two straight trips the Purple Knights will make to Middlebury.
The Saint Michael's women notched 61 points to hold off Norwich University (65) and trail only the host Panthers, who totaled 15 points and are ranked eighth in Division III by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The men were third with 82, while No. 21 Middlebury scored the minimum 15 points to win.
During the 5K women's race, sophomore Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) placed 10th in 20:22 to pace the Purple and Gold, while senior Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) took 20th at 21:30. First-year Ellen Arvidson (New London, Conn./Saint Bernard School) was one spot back, notching a 21st-place finish in 22:02. Junior Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) took 23rd in 22:19, and senior Leah Seften (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) crossed the finish line in 26th with a time of 22:32 for her team's final scoring spot, just edging out sophomore Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), who was 27th at 22:33.
Sophomores led the Saint Michael's men in the 8K, as Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) placed 17th in 28:57 and Tim DeCosta (Barnstable, Mass./Barnstable) nabbed 26th at 30:54. Junior Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School) was 28th in 31:23, classmate David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) took 29th while clocking in one second back, at 31:24, and first-year Mike DeAngelo (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Central) rounded out his team's top five in 32nd at 32:08.
The Purple Knights return to Middlebury for the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship on Sept. 30. The men begin at 12:30 p.m. before the women hit the course at 1:30 p.m.