BOSTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's cross country teams took part in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Saturday at Franklin Park, as the men turned in a sixth-place finish and the women were eighth.
The men tallied 169 points in the seven-team field, while the women's 205 points were four shy of Babson College for seventh among 10 competing schools. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won both races in a meet hosted by Wellesley College.
Junior Nick Kacher (Waltham, MA/Waltham) was the first Lyon to cross the finish line, covering the 8,000-meter course in 27:42, good for 22nd overall. Classmate Colin Fahey (Waltham, MA/Weston) came in 47th.
Freshmen Michael Richard (Chicopee, MA/Holyoke Catholic) and Karl Mader (Northfield, MN/Northfield) were within four placements of each other at 65th and 69th, respectively.
Sophomore Rachel Scavera (North Bend, OR/North Bend) paced the women with a 30th-place finish, running the 5,000-meter course in 21:07. Senior Katie Pratt (Litchfield, CT/Litchfield) took 47th, while sophomore Taylor Wills (Kinderhook, NY/Ichabod Crane) and freshman Lindsay Petrenchik (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) came in 58th and 59th, respectively.
After three straight meets at Franklin Park, the Lyons take next weekend off before heading to Maine on Saturday, November 14, for the NCAA Division III New England Championship at the Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland. The women are slated for an 11:00 a.m. start, while the men will begin at 12:00 p.m.