(L-R): Rory Kelly, head coach Nicole Wilkerson and Cassie Kearney.

(L-R): Rory Kelly, head coach Nicole Wilkerson and Cassie Kearney.


Six members of the Middlebury College cross country teams have earned All-NESCAC honors based on their performances Saturday at the 2018 NESCAC Championships hosted by Tufts. Senior Rory Kelly (Winnetka, Ill.) and rookie Cassie Kearney (Rockland, Mass.) were named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Kearney was also tabbed the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, while head coach Nicole Wilkerson was selected as the Women’s Coach of the Year. Senior Claire Gomba (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and sophomore Tasha Greene (Wynnewood, Pa.) were second-team selections for the women.  On the men’s side, junior Theo Henderson (Cold Spring, N.Y.) and senior Jonathan Perlman (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) each picked up second-team accolades.

Kelly was the first Panther woman to finish the race, helping fifth-ranked Middlebury claim its 14th NESCAC title. She placed third overall with a time of 22:30.1, earning her first all-conference award. Kelly has earned five top-five finishes this fall in six races run, including a winning effort during the Aldrich Invitational. 

Kearney earns her first all-league accolade and is the fourth Panther woman to earn the conference’s top rookie honor. The first-year runner was the second Middlebury runner to cross the line in fourth place, stopping the clock with a time of 22:35.9. She has three top-10 finishes in four races this season, highlighted by a third-place effort at the Aldrich Invitational.

Greene also picks up her initial conference laurel. She was the third Panther to cross the finish line last Saturday with an 11th-place time of 23:06.0. Greene finished 14th during the Connecticut College Invitational on October 13 before Saturday’s effort at the league meet.

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Gomba crossed the line in 14th place during the league event to garner her first all-conference honor. She finished just seconds behind Greene, posting a time of 23:09.7. In six races this fall, she has produced four top-25 finishes, including a seventh-place run during the Aldrich Invitational.

Wilkerson was named the NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. She earns the award for the third time in her eight years at the helm of the team. She was also honored in 2013 and 2014.

Perlman led the Panther men to a third-up finish as a team in the conference meet. He picks up his first all-conference accolade with a ninth-place effort in the 8K event, covering the course in a time of 25:57.6. Perlman has competed in five races this fall, highlighted by a sixth-place run at the season-opening Vermont Tech Invitational.

Henderson also earns his first all-conference laurel, crossing the line right behind Perlman in 13th place with a time of 26:07.3. The third-year Panther has three finishes inside the top 15 in his six races this season, including a runner-up effort at the Vermont Tech Invitational.

The Panthers return to the course Saturday, November 10 when they compete in the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., while the men will start at 12:15 p.m.



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