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Roundup: Middlebury tops MIT and Williams

No. 3 MIT, No. 4 Williams, No. 10 Middlebury at Purple Valley Invitational

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Middlebury entered the Purple Valley Invitational ranked 10th, and won the event with 38 points despite missing its top two runners. Third-ranked MIT placed second (43), followed by No. 4 Williams (46) in third at the 13-team race.

Middlebury placed runners fifth through eighth in the race, as well as 12th. Erzsebet Nagy led the women, with a time of 22:46, edging teammate Katherine Tercek by just one second. Emily Singer was seventh in 22:53, followed by Katie Rominger (22:55) and Summer Spillane in 12th (23:02). 

For MIT, Junior Elaine McVay led her teammates the entire way and ended up completing the course in second place with a time of 22:29.1. Classmate Kali Benavides also ran well, coming in fourth in 22:43.4.­ Sophomore Stephanie Marzen and senior Alexandra Taylor came in ninth and 10th place with times of 22:58.8 and 22:59.7 respectively, both running personal best times.

The Ephs were led by senior Kaleigh Kenny, who won the race in 22:19.7. Kenny worked closely with fellow senior Shayna Barbash throughout the race who finished third overall, scoring important points for the Ephs. The two frontrunners were backed up by a strong pack that worked together for much of the race. Sophomore-rookie Molly Belk had a stunning first race, finishing in 13th place overall, and was closely followed by junior Talia Calnek-Sugin who emphatically declared herself back from injury with a 14th-place finish. 

No. 2 Wartburg at Griak Invitational

MINNEAPOLIS -- Second-ranked Wartburg won the Roy Griak Maroon (DIII) Invite on Saturday with its team score of 63 points. Wartburg held a 40-point lead against Bates, who took second.

Junior Alana Enabnit was the top finisher for the Knights as she placed fourth with her time of 22:54.7.

Senior Sammi Bruett placed fifth (22:54.6), classmate Haddie Vawter was 13th (23:35.4) and junior Erin Sawyers was 20th (23:53.9).

No. 7 Calvin at MIAA Jamboree

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Calvin raced to a first-place victory at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian on Saturday at the Lenawee Christian High School cross country course.

Seventh-ranked Calvin took five of the top-six spots for a first-place score of 19 points, 21 points ahead of Hope. 

The Knights had the top finisher in the race as senior Nicole Michmerhuizen won the women’s race in 22:13.

Sheri McCormack was second but the Knights took the next four spots led by senior Alyssa Oram in third place. She was followed by Calvin junior Sarah Danner in fourth, junior Kimby Penning in fifth and senior Rebekah Folkema in sixth.