Cross Country Teams Dominate Field

By Tom Clayton

Middlebury men’s and women’s runners finished in stacks on top of the standings at the Aldrich Invitational this weekend. The race was the first and only to be run on the Panthers’ home course.

The top six runners and 11 of the top 12 were from the number one ranked women’s team, while the 10th-ranked men’s team claimed the top 11 finishers.

Addie Tousley ’13 paced the women, finishing the race with a time of 18:13, earning NESCAC Performer of the Week for her strong showing. Tousley finished 23 seconds ahead of tri-captain Katie Rominger ’14. Katie Carlson ’15 rounded out the top three at 18:52.

On the men’s side, co-captain Jack Davies ’13, who was awarded last week’s NESCAC Performer of the Week after blazing through the Dartmouth Invitational in 25:37, won the men’s race by nine seconds, finishing in 25:54. Trailing Davies was fellow co-captain Patrick Hebble ’13, who clocked in at 26:05, and who was followed closely by Nate Sans ’14.

The Panthers dominated a field that included St. Michael’s College, SUNY-Canton, Paul Smith’s College, Johnson State and Norwich University.
The double home victory comes a week after both the men and women finished at the bottom of their respective fields at Dartmouth.

“Even though our racing is still rusty, and we haven’t started focusing on workouts designed to fine-tune our speed, both teams are capable of performing well right now because we have great bases after strong summers of training,” Davies said.

This weekend the men and women travel to Williams for the Purple Valley Classic.