NESCAC Preview: No. 8 Men's Cross Country Set to Defend Conference Crown

NESCAC Preview: No. 8 Men's Cross Country Set to Defend Conference Crown


AMHERST, Mass. – Ranked No. 8 in Division III in the latest USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll, the Amherst College men's cross country team is set to travel to Boston, Mass. on Saturday, Oct. 27 to compete in the 2018 NESCAC Championships hosted by Tufts University. Competitors in the 35th installment of the annual conference meet will run the trails of Franklin Park, with the men's eight -kilometer race scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Entering the weekend looking to defend the conference crown, Amherst captured its first-ever NESCAC Men's Cross Country Championship last season, out pacing Middlebury by 31 points. Bates (109 points), Connecticut College (115 points) and Williams (126 points) rounded out the top five in the team standings.


  • Kicking off the 2018 season in impressive fashion at the Little III Championships, the Mammoths repeated as the Little III Champs at the 6K race with a scoring order of 2-3-4-6-12(14)(16).
  • In the 16-team Purple Valley Classic two weeks later on Sept. 22, Amherst secured fourth overall with two runners finishing inside the top-10
  • The Mammoths closed out September at the mutli-division Paul Short Invitational, claiming 22nd in the 41-squad, 360-harrier 'Gold' race.
  • Amherst's final tune up before the league meet took place on Oct. 13, with the Mammoths clocking a team average 8K time of 25:19 to finish first overall at the Connecticut College Invitational.


  • Amherst returns four of their five scoring runners from last season's Championship, including Clark Ricciardelli '20 (25:20.5 / 4th), Cosmo Brossy '19 (25:32.0 / 5th), Kristian Sogaard '19 (25:41.9 / 11th), and Tucker Meijer '19 (25:45.9 / 14th).
  • An All-NESCAC First Team honoree last season, Ricciardelli enters the weekend having led Amherst in two races this season. Improving his time in every meet this fall, his best mark came at the Conn. College Invite in which he crossed the finish line in 25:00.5 to place sixth overall.
  • Also earning All-NESCAC First Team accolades in 2017, Brossy is once again poised to be a difference maker on the score sheet – most recently pacing the Mammoths at the Paul Short Invite and posting a collegiate-best mark of 24:54.6 at the Conn. College Invite to lead Amherst to the team title.
  • Meijer is positioned to be an impact runner once again this season, with the senior landing inside the Mammoths' top-four at every race in 2018. The Mountain View, Calif. native's best finish came two weeks ago, with Meijer notching a 25:18.7 mark to earn ninth overall.
  • Teams should also be on the lookout for Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20, Ajay Sarathy '21, Matthew Bradley '22, and Estevan Velez '20 as all four harriers have shown the ability to compete with the nation's best heading into the postseason.

Boston, Mass. – Franklin Park – Hosted by Tufts University
Women's 6K Race: 10 a.m. Start Time
Men's 8K Race: 11 a.m. Start Time