PAXTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's cross country teams began the championship portion of their season at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) meet on Saturday at Moore State Park.
In a meet hosted by Clark University, the Lyon men placed sixth with 166 points, while the women came in 10th with 274. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won both titles.
Competing in his first race since September 18, senior Nick Kacher (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) was two places shy of the final all-conference runner. Kacher took 16th out of 114 finishers, covering the 8,000-meter course in 27:31.
Sophomore Michael Richard (Chicopee, Mass./Holyoke Catholic) was the next Wheaton runner to cross the finish line, while freshman Nick Emard (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) and junior Sean Astle (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) were the third and fourth Lyons, respectively.
On the women's side, junior Rachel Scavera (North Bend, Ore./North Bend) led the way with a 48th-place standing during the 5,000-meter race. Classmate Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) was 12 spots behind Scavera.
Freshmen Shoshana Kruskal (Newton, Mass./Newton North) and Lauren Andres (Branford, Conn./Branford) were the third and fourth Wheaton runners to finish, respectively, as they completed the course just three seconds apart.
Wheaton takes next weekend off before heading to Williamstown on November 13 for the NCAA New England Championship at Mount Greylock Regional High School.