Men's XC Earns Three All-NESCAC Nods, Funke-Harris Voted Coach of the Year

Men's XC Earns Three All-NESCAC Nods, Funke-Harris Voted Coach of the Year

NESCAC RELEASE

HADLEY, Mass. – Securing the program's second consecutive NESCAC Championship crown at the annual conference meet, the Amherst College men's cross country team placed three scoring runners inside the top-14 to garner two First Team All-Conference selections and one Second Team nod, while head coach Cassie Funke-Harris earned Coach of the Year accolades.

The top-seven runners in the men's 8-kilometer race were named to the All-Conference First Team, while the next seven runners to cross the finish line were tabbed Second-Team All-Conference selections.

Placing third and fifth overall at the Championship, Cosmo Brossy '19 and Clark Ricciardelli '20 captured First Team praise for the Mammoths.

Continuing to impress on the trails this fall, Brossy secured All-NESCAC honors for the third straight season after clocking a 25:29.3 mark to place third overall. Shaving three seconds off his time from last year's meet, Brossy previously landed 2017 First Team (25:32.0 / 5th) and 2016 Second Team (26:12.02 / 8th) All-League honors.

Clinching All-NESCAC First Team praise for the second consecutive season, Ricciardelli earns the honor after crossing the finish line in 25:48.3 to place sixth overall at the 154-harrier conference meet. He landed on the First Team in 2017 after taking fourth (25:20.5).

Tucker Meijer '19 was the final Amherst runner to land inside the top-14, with the 2015 Rookie of the Year registering a time of 26:00.8 in the rainy conditions to finish 10th overall and secure All-NESCAC Second Team accolades. A repeat Second Team honoree, Meijer finished 14th a season ago with a 25:45.9 mark.  

In her first season at the helm of the Amherst men's cross country program, Cassie Funke-Harris was voted as the NESCAC Men's Coach of the Year after leading the team to its' second straight NESCAC conference title. In an electric start to the fall, Funke-Harris has guided the Mammoths to three team victories in five races and a No. 8 national ranking. Funke-Harris' selection marks the third consecutive season an Amherst coach has been recognized with the award.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they travel to Bowdoin College for the DIII New England Regionals beginning at 12:30 p.m.