French, Jeter Crack Top 10 at Vermont State Meet, Women Place Second and Men Third

French, Jeter Crack Top 10 at Vermont State Meet, Women Place Second and Men Third

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Saint Michael's College cross country sophomores Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) and Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) both cracked the top 10 at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship on Saturday at Middlebury College, where the Purple Knight women placed second and the men took third.

In their second straight meet at Middlebury after competing there for the Aldrich Invitational on Sept. 16, the Purple and Gold women totaled 52 points in a nine-school field to trail only the host Panthers, who netted 21 and are ranked 11th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III national poll. After notching third-place showings at the past two state meets, Saint Michael's was back in second for the first time since 2014. The men finished third among eight squads at 77, just five short of Norwich University (72). No. 17 Middlebury won with 20.

French placed fifth out of 67 harriers in the 5K at 19:32, just two seconds short of fourth. Senior Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) was just short of the top 10, claiming 11th in 20:49. Classmate Leah Seften (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) took 12th in 21:10, and sophomore Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) concluded a run of three straight Purple Knight finishers in 13th with a time of 21:13. Classmate Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) rounded out her team's top five at 16th in 21:26. French, Koukos and Seften all registered personal records, and Withers was within three seconds of hers.

Jeter's eighth-place showing during the 8K came courtesy of a time of 27:42, as he had the highest finish by a Purple Knight male at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship since Peter McKenna '15 was sixth in 2013. Junior David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) nabbed 18th at 29:10, and sophomore Tim DeCosta (Barnstable, Mass./Barnstable) was 20th in 29:20. First-year Mike DeAngelo (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Central) placed 23rd by crossing the finish line at 29:42, and junior Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School) took 25th in 30:24. DeAngelo, DeCosta and Terry all turned in PRs as the Purple Knight men claimed third place at states for the third straight season, and for the 12th time in 20 seasons since last finishing as high as second in 1997.

Saint Michael's is back on the course next Saturday at the James Earley Invitational in Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. The men's race begins at 10:30 a.m. before the women start at 12 p.m.