At the Purple Valley Classic this past Saturday, Sept. 23, the Amherst women’s cross country team placed eleventh in a strong 26-team field including ten nationally ranked teams. While No. 3 MIT cruised to victory in the team competition and defending national champion SUNY Geneseo finished third, Amherst finished ahead of No. 7 Ithaca College and No. 35 University of Rochester. With the next invitational a mere six days after Purple Valley, Amherst rested a few of its top runners in anticipation of the next event.