NYU, Amherst Take Team TitlesNovember 17, 2007

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - New York University won the men's team title while UW-Platteville's Tyler Sigl took home the individual crown at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championships at St. Olaf on Saturday.

An embracing Sigl clenched his hands in victory as he cross the finish line with a winning time of 24:24.

NYU won the team title behind Hany Abdallah's sixth place run. NYU had all of its scoring runners in the top 40 and held off second place Haverford by 22.

Cortland State was third and Calvin fourth.

Saint John's University was the MIAC's top finisher - placing 12th in the team standings on the heels of MIAC and Central Region champion Chris Erichsen, who was third overall.

David Swanson of host St. Olaf was in the top 40 percent in the race, finishing 113th of the 280 runners.

On the women's side, Willamette's Sarah Zerzan repeated at individual champion and Amherst College won the team title at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships at St. Olaf on Saturday.

Zerzan won the event by 23 seconds, topping her 20-second win margin from 2006.

Amherst, who finished second in 2006 by one point, won the team title after placing three in the race's top 21 and all five scorers in the top 42.

Plattsburgh State was second behind sixth and seventh place runs from Allison Busby and Toni Wiszowaty.

Host St. Olaf qualified for the event with its fifth place run at the Central Regional last weekend. St. Olaf has now run in 16 NCAA Championships, the eighth-most for any Division III institution.

Bethel's Marie Borner and St. Thomas' Katie Thiessen were the MIAC's top individual finishers at 17th and 20th.

- Courtesy of Mike Ludwig, St. Olaf College