CUMBERLAND, ME- The Wheaton College men's and women's cross country teams finished the 2009 slate at the NCAA Division III New England Championship on Saturday afternoon, as the meet took place at the Twin Brook Recreation Center and was hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
The women notched a 24th-place finish among 47 scoring teams, while the men took 28th in a 48-squad field. New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Middlebury College tied for the team title on the women's side, while Williams College was victorious for the men.
A quartet of underclassmen led the charge for the women, with sophomore Rachel Scavera (North Bend, OR/North Bend) covering the 6,000-meter course in 24:31, which was good for 105th place in a field of over 300 runners.
Scavera was followed by freshman Lindsay Petrenchik (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) and sophomores Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth) and Taylor Wills (Kinderhook, NY/Ichabod Crane). Geasey and Wills were just three placements and six seconds apart.
Junior Nick Kacher (Waltham, MA/Waltham) was the top Lyon during the 8,000-meter men's run, crossing the finish line in 101st place with a time of 27:24 among 300-plus runners. Kacher was followed by classmate Colin Fahey (Waltham, MA/Weston).
Freshman Michael Richard (Chicopee, MA/Holyoke Catholic) was the third Wheaton runner to finish and was followed by classmate Jake Dunn (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) and senior Miles Souza (Norton, MA/Saint Sebastian's School), who were five placements and eight seconds apart.