WINNECONNE, Wis. – Clark Ricciardelli '20 crossed the finish line inside the top-40 to pace the Mammoths and claim All-American distinction as the No. 8 Amherst College men's cross country team finished with a scoring order of 18-37-51-53-94(170)(205) to place sixth overall at the 2018 Division III NCAA Championships hosted by UW-Oshkosh Saturday afternoon at the Lake Breeze Golf Club.
Edging No. 3 RPI and No. 5 Calvin, Amherst recorded 253 points and a team average 8K time of 25:20 to secure bragging rights as the top-NESCAC team at the national meet. Williams clinched ninth overall with 328 points, followed by Middlebury (15th – 420 points), Bates (26th – 613 points) and Tufts (28th – 625 points).
The second best finish at the NCAA Championships in program history after last season's fourth place finish, Amherst closes out the 2018 season with four team titles under its belt – including Little III Championship, NESCAC Championship and New England Regional Championship crowns.
- TEAM TOP-FIVE: North Central (43 points), Washington U. (110 points), Wis.-La Crosse (127 points), Haverford (213 points), Wartburg (227 points)
- INDIVIDUAL TOP-THREE: Dhruvil Patel (North Central / 24:24.5), Al Baldonado (North Central / 24:29.7), Andy Reischling (Pomona-Pitzer / 24:32.9)
- TOP-MAMMOTH: Ricciardelli '20 (24:53.2 / 25th)
- TOTAL TEAMS / RUNNERS: 32 / 280
MAMMOTHS SCORING RUNNERS
- Earning All-American honors for the second time in his collegiate cross country career, Ricciardelli posted his best finish at the national meet after cutting a second off his time from last season (24:54.48 / 33 rd) to cross the finish line in 24:53.2 and claim 25th overall. Finishing 0:29.2 seconds behind Division III's fastest runner, Ricciardelli closed out the season with a 5:00.4 average mile mark.
- Cosmo Brossy '19 closes out his collegiate career on a high note, with the senior cutting nearly 17 seconds off his time from last fall's Championships (25:24.65 / 82nd) to place 51st overall with a time of 25:07.5.
- Next across the finish line for Amherst, Tucker Meijer '19 also capped off a noteworthy career with a solid performance, with the senior logging a 25:24.3 mark to secure 71st overall – 40 places better than last season (25:33.48 / 111th).
- In his first national meet donning the Purple & White, Ajay Sarathy '21 finished just over a second behind Meijer. Notching the best time of his collegiate career, Sarathy placed 74th overall after registering a time of 25:25.6. His previous personal-best time came at the Conn. College Invite in which clinched a 25:33.1 mark.
- Estevan Velez '20 was the final scoring runner for the Mammoths, with the sophomore putting together a 25:25.6 mark (5:11.2 average mile) to earn 130th overall in a strong debut at the Championships.
AMHERST IN THE SCORESHEET