Tamar Byl-Brann (3) and Zada Forde (1), just past the two mile mark at last Saturday's Western Mass XC championships. Byl-Brann finished fifth and Forde fourth. Amherst won its third consecutive sectional title. Photo: Art Keene

Amherst Girls cross country team won its third consecutive Division I sectional title at the Western Mass Cross Country Championships at Northfield Mountain last Saturday (11/9). Amherst placed five girls in the top 15 to beat runner-up Northampton 44-65. Pittsfield finished third with 77 points. The top three teams qualify for today’s (11/16) state championship race at Mt. Wachusett Community College with the girls Division I race beginning at 11:40. It was Amherst’s 25th sectional title of the last 31 years. Amherst girls qualified for the state championship for a record 32nd consecutive year.

Amherst was led by senior Zada Forde who finished fourth over the hilly 5k course in 20:25.26. Freshman Tamar Byl-Brann was fifth in 20:25.82. Junior Vivian Jacobs-Townsley was 10th in 21:06.45. Junior Charlotte Staudenmayer was 11th in 21:12.73. Junior Maddie Shea filled out Amherst’s top five finishing 14th in 21:51.22. Complete results can be found here.

Amherst girls XC team races to the front at the start of the Division I championship race. L-R, Vivian Jacobs-Townsely (10), who finished 10th, Zada Forde (1) who finished fourth and Maddie Shea (18) who finished 14th. Photo: Art Keene
Amherst girls attack the first hill at last Saturday’s Western Mass Division I cross country championships. Vivian Jacobs-Townsley (10) finished 10th, Zada Forde (back) finished fourth, Tamar Byl-Brann (3) finished fifth. Photo: Art Keene
Amherst girls varsity XC team celebrates their WMASS XC championship at Northfield Mountain. L-R. Vivan Jacobs-Townsley, Tamar Byl-Brann, Charolette Staudenmayer, Zada Forde, April Schilling, Jana Murphy, Maddie Shea and Coach Elena Betke-Brunswick (with daughter Eliza). Photo: Natalie Shea.

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