SPORTS

Cross Country Scores High at NESCACs

By Tyler Marshall '21 || Issue 149-9

Spencer Ferguson-Dreyden ’20 (left) and Jamie Mazzola ’21 (right) ran excellent races to lead Amherst to second place. Photo courtesy of Clarus Studios.

Men's Cross Country
At the NESCAC Championships, solidity in the Mammoth pack allowed the men’s cross country team to take second place. Amherst scored better than three nationally-ranked teams, Bates, Colby and Middlebury. No scoring runner finished in the top 10 for Amherst, but all five finished within 30 seconds of each other. Spencer Ferguson-Dryden ’20 paced the Mammoths, finishing in 14th place. Braxton Schuldt ’21, Bill Massey ’21 and Jamie Mazzola ’21 finished in sequential order to take 17th to 19th place. Owen Daily ’22 rounded out the top five finishers as the only scoring underclassman. Amherst returns to action in two weeks’ time when they travel to Bowdoin to compete at the New England Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 16.


Women's Cross Country
Sarah Gayer ’21 paced the Mammoth harriers this weekend at the NESCAC Championships held at Williams. The junior finished 23rd in the 146-woman field. Just behind her was Sophia Wolmer ’23, who crossed the line just moments behind her teammate to finish in 24th. Following Wolmer were Captain Olivia Polischeck ’21, Kristin Ratliff ’20 and Mary Kate McGranahan ’23, who finished in 33rd, 45th and 54th respectively, followed Wolmer. Scoring 178 points, the team finished in seventh overall, one place ahead of their performance in 2018. The Mammoths return to action in two weeks when they race at the New England Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 16.