AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women'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 women's six-kilometer race scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
- Amherst has posted three top-five finishes this fall, including a team title at its season opening meet.
- The Mammoths took the top spot at the Smith Invitational on Sept. 9 to begin the year, placing five harriers inside the top-10.
- In the 26-team Purple Valley Classic on Sept. 23, Amherst secured 11th overall, with Kristin Ratliff '20 pacing the Mammoths with a 27th place finish.
- The Mammoths closed out September at the Paul Short Classic, claiming fourth in Division III at the multi-division meet.
- Amherst's' final two races prior to the NESCAC Championships took place on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, with the Mammoths finishing 20th at the James Earley Invite before placing second overall at the Little Three Championship.
SETTING THE SCENE
Securing fifth overall in the Championship a season ago, the Amherst women's cross country team once again looks poised to be a contender to the title. In their bid to recapture the NESCAC crown for the first time since earning back-to-back conference titles in 2006 and 2007, the Mammoths will have to thwart a strong field, including Williams and Middlebury whose squads have taken the last nine team crowns.
- Finishing 21st (23:40.96) overall at the Championships last fall, Nicky Roberts '18 in once again positioned for an impressive finish at the conference meet after pacing the Mammoths with first place DIII finishes at the Paul Short Classic (20:55) and Little Three Championship (17:49.0).
- Kristin Ratliff '20 led the way for Amherst at the first two meets of the season, logging second at the Smith invite with a time of 19:34.8 and 27th at the Purple Valley Invite (23:29.0). Most recently, Ratliff took seventh overall with a 19:25.0 mark at the Little Three's to place second on the squad.
- Looking to finish off the tail end of her rookie campaign strong is Olivia Polischeck '21, with the first-year notching a solid time of 19:29.0 at the Little Three's to place eighth overall and a 24:14.5 mark at the Purple Valley Classic to take 53rd.
- Lela Walter '19 and Lizzie Lacy '19 will also aim to be critical factors on the score sheet for Amherst, with Walter most recently posting a 10th place finish with a time of 19:41.0 and Lacy most recently securing 21st overall behind a 20:20.0 mark.
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