Panthers run well at NCAA cross-country meet

WINNECONNE, Wisc. — The Middlebury College women’s cross-country team finished eighth among 32 teams on Saturday at NCAA Division III championship meet hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, while the Panther men took 15th.
Panther women runners Rory Kelly and Cassie Kearney both earned All-American honors.
Washington-St. Louis won the women’s title with 98 points, just ahead of runner-up Johns Hopkins with 99. The Panthers scored 301 points in finishing eighth. Paige Lawler of Wash.-St. Louis claimed the individual women’s title in 20:55.0.
Kelly, a senior, paced the Panther women by taking 27th in 21:48.2 out of 279 competitors on the 6-kilometer course, and Kearney, a freshman, was 37th in 21:55.7. Katherine Glew was next for the Panthers in 91st (22:28.9), followed by Claire Gomba in 109th (22:37.6). Completing the Middlebury scorers was Tasha Greene in 157th in 22:57.3.  
On the men’s side, North Central (Ill.) won the team crown with 43 points, followed by Washington-St. Louis (110). Middlebury had 411 points in placing 15th. North Central’s Dhruvil Patel posted the individual victory in 24:24.5.
Junior Henry Fleming paced the Panther men in 60th (25:18.9) over the 8K course among 280 competitors. Theo Henderson was 78th in 25:28.2, Harrison Knowlton was 125th (25:45.3), Jonathan Perlman took 152nd (25:54.2), and Matt D’Aquila was 155th in 25:54.4 to round out the Panther scorers.  

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