MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Amherst College Lord Jeffs are the 2007 women's cross country national champions after besting this season's field of competitors at the NCAA Championships, hosted by St. Olaf this afternoon. The Lord Jeffs finished with a combined score of 120 to edge second place finisher Plattsburgh State by 39 points. The women's team finished one point shy of the crown in 2006, and avenged that runner-up finish with the program's first championship this season.
After a surprise win at the NCAA New England Regional Championships, the Amherst College men's cross country team also competed at the NCAA Championship this afternoon, taking a 12th place result. The finish is another strong step in the right direction for the men's squad with hopes of building towards a title of their own.
Leading the charge for the Lord Jeffs was senior captain Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA). A three-time NESCAC Performer of the Week in 2007, Wilson finished in 9th place individually.
Following Wilson for Amherst were Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) in 14th place and Kim Partee (Brentwood, TN) in 21st. Rounding out the scoring for the Jeffs were Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) and Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) in 34th and 42nd, respectively.
In the men's slate, Amherst sophomore Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) led the team with a 45th placing individually. Also finishing in the top-100 were Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA) and Florian Reichert (Hannover, Germany) in 60th and 72nd, respectively. Rounding out the Jeffs scoring were Eric Holaday (Moorestown, NJ) and Will Yochum (Goleta, CA).
The national title is the first for head coach Ned Nedeau in his 12 seasons at Amherst. Widely regarded by his peers as one of the best coaches in the nation, Nedeau was named the New England Regional Coach of the Year last week for leading both Amherst squads to the District titles.