Men's Cross Country

Cross country teams head to regional championships Saturday

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Josh McKee photos

Hamilton College competes in the 2017 NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Houghton College's Field of Dreams in Houghton, N.Y.

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The 8-kilometer men's race is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and the 6K women's race begins at 12:15 p.m.

The Hamilton men finished seventh in the 2016 regional championships. Four Continentals who finished in the top-75 at last year's regional are back this season, including Henry Whipple '18 who paced the team with a 16th place finish out of 303 runners. Whipple ran a career-best 8K time of 24:52.6 to qualify for his second NCAA national championship appearance while at Hamilton.

Peter DeWeirdt '18 earned All-NESCAC honors with a 13th place finish at the 2017 NESCAC Championships in New Gloucester, Maine on Oct. 28th. Whipple placed 21st at NESCACs, and rounding out Hamilton's top-five was Lucas Wright '21, Erich Wohl '18, and Reilly Shew '19. DeWeirdt has been the top finisher for Hamilton in three of four 8K races this season, finishing three seconds shy of Wright in Hamilton's own 8K Invitational on Oct. 7.

Hanna Jerome '18 and Grace Heller '19 continue to guide the women's squad, both finishing in the top-25 at the NESCAC Championships. Brigit Humphreys '21, Andy Uribe '19, Caitlin Anthony '18, and Haley Driscoll '21 were also included in Hamilton's top finishers on Oct. 28th.

The Hamilton women finished 22nd out of 43 teams at the 2016 regional championships. Anthony, Uribe, and Emily Yong '19 are the returners from Hamilton's top-five finishers last year. Jerome returns to the regional championship after finishing in 30th place at the 2015 regional. Jerome missed the 2016 season while studying abroad.

The top two team finishers in each race qualify for the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Principia North Farm Course in Elsah, Illinois. Sixteen other at-large bids will be awarded from the nation's eight regional races. The top seven individual finishers from each region not on one of the team qualifiers will earn an invitation to the national meet as well.

Five Atlantic Region teams are ranked in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Top 35 men's poll including:  No. 4 SUNY Geneseo, No. 8 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, No. 22 St. Lawrence University, No. 25 Rowan and No. 30 New York University.

Five women's teams from the region are nationally ranked led by No. 3 SUNY Geneseo. The rest of the group includes No. 21 The College of New Jersey, No. 24 Ithaca, No. 27 St. Lawrence and No. 30 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

SUNY Geneseo has won the regional team titles for both men and women the past two years.