AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 6 Amherst College men's cross country team is set to travel to New Gloucester, Maine on Saturday, Oct. 28 to compete in the 2017 NESCAC Championships hosted by Bates College. Competitors in the 34th installment of the annual conference meet will run the trails of Pineland Farms, with the men's eight-kilometer race scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT THERE
- Amherst has not fallen outside of the top-five in races that featured only DIII opponents this fall.
- Opening their fall slate with the Smith Invitational on Sept. 9, the Mammoths claimed the team title and swept individual medalist honors at the nine-team meet.
- In the 26-team Purple Valley Classic on Sept. 23, Amherst secured third overall, edging out two top-10 nationally ranked squads.
- The Mammoths closed out the month on Sept. 29, claiming 25th of 40 at the multi-division Paul Short Classic.
- Amherst's' final two races prior to the NESCAC Championships took place on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, with the Mammoths finishing fourth at the James Earley Invite before beating out Williams to capture the Little Three Championship crown for the first time in 29 years.
SETTING THE SCENE
Securing second overall at the Championship a season ago, the Amherst men's cross country team once again looks poised to make a push to capture the program's first ever NESCAC title. Amherst will have to get past a strong field, including perennial contender and archrival Williams College if they aim to take the league crown.
- Sophomore Clark Ricciardelli has paced the Mammoths in two races this season, clinching first overall at the season opening Smith Invite with a 16:13.8 mark and finishing fourth overall at the Purple Valley Classic (26:11.9). Ricciardelli will enter the Championship looking to build on the momentum of his second place finish (26:00.0) at the Little Three's.
- Earning NESCAC Performer of the Week honors for his 89th place finish (24:46) at the Paul Short Classic, 2015 NESCAC Individual Champion Mohamed Hussein '18 looks to claim the top spot at the conference meet for the second time in four years after most recently clocking a 26:06.0 mark at the Little Three's to place fourth.
- With a time of 25:59.0 two weeks ago, Cosmo Brossy '19 led all harriers at the Little III's and heads into the weekend looking to improve on his eighth place finish (26:12.02) t the Championship last fall.
- Tucker Meijer '19 and Kristian Sogaard '19 round out Amherst's top runners from their most recent meet, with the duo expected to be big factors on the score sheet at the Championship. Meijer has yet to fall outside of the top-15 against DIII competition, while Sogaard clocked a 27:06.0 mark (14th overall) in his lone race of the year.
2017 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
New Gloucester, Maine – Pineland Farms – Bates College
Men's 8-kilometer race: 12 p.m. Start Time
Women's 6-kilometer race: 1 p.m. Start Time