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Women's Cross Country Team Wins Conference Championship and Places First-Ever Individual Champion

Men’s team places best-ever second in Yankee Small College Conference championships hosted at Hampshire

Hampshire’s women’s cross country team won the conference championship for the third year in a row, with Hampshire runners sweeping the top three spots, led by Clara Wagner (Rochester, NY). This marks the first time Hampshire has won the individual championship. And the men’s team took second place, an unexpected result, with their best-ever finish since the start of the cross country program at Hampshire in 2006.

Woman in black Hampshire running gear mid-step in grass

Hampshire competes in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) and hosted the league championships this year, held Saturday, October 20 on campus.
The top three in the women’s 6K race were

  1. Clara Wagner 24:58
  2. Lara Matthias 25:28
  3. Liz O'Brien 26:41

Wagner, Matthias, and O’Brien were also named to the all-conference team, with Wagner winning the Women's Runner of the Year award.
For the men’s team, the top three finishers in the 8k race were Joseph Bernstein placing fifth at 31:57, Josh Miller placing eighth at 32:21, and Tom Ashton, eleventh, 32:42. Bernstein was also named all-conference.
Head Coach Eric Nazar won Coach of the Year for the success of the women’s team. Nazar is assisted by Amy Rusiecki. 
View full results for the championships.
Hampshire’s student-athletes compete in four sports in the YSCC and United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)—cross country, track, basketball, and soccer—against teams from small colleges across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.
Other members of the Conference are:

  • Central Maine Community College      
  • College of St. Joseph's                                
  • Great Bay Community College               
  • NHTI                                                             
  • Paul Smith's College                                 
  • Southern Maine Community College   
  • Unity College                                               
  • University of Maine at Augusta             
  • University of Maine at Machias             
  • Vermont Technical College                                                             

Outside of varsity sports, Hampshire also sponsors club sports teams for Ultimate Frisbee, Climbers Coalition, and Horseback Riding/Equestrian. Varsity and club sports are administered by the office of Outdoor Programs, Recreation, and Athletics and its Director Brad King.
Visit Outdoor Programs, Recreation, and Athletics for more information.

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