WESTFIELD, Mass. – Keri Lambert dominated a 453-person field to lead No. 20 Amherst to a second-place finish out of 43 teams at Saturday’s James Earley Invitational at Stanley Park, the site of the NCAA Regional Championship.
Lambert’s time of 21:30.11 marked her fastest of the season as she bested Middlebury rival Addie Tousley (21:50.61) by more than 20 seconds just two weeks after Tousley outkicked Lambert at Williams.
No. 3 Middlebury dominated the team competition, however, totaling just 28 points with five runners among the race’s top 10 finishers. Amherst placed six runners inside the top 30, scoring 64 points as the Panthers and Jeffs easily paced the competition. Wellesley (158 points), Colby (177), and host Westfield State (228) rounded out the top five.
Following Lambert, Lizzy Briskin was the second Jeff across the line, placing eighth in 22:46.56, while Lauren Almeida finished 12th (23:02.11), Caroline Rose found 20th (23:20.45), and Elodie Reed (23:32.09) placed 27th to complete the Amherst scoring.
Sarah Daly (23:34.02) followed Reed across the line in 28th (23:34.02) and Betsy Black also finished strong, placing 32nd in 23:40.82.