Cross country team apologizes for lewd emails about women

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts college's men's cross country team is apologizing for emails some team members sent making sexual comments about female students.

The Amherst College team says in a statement reported by the student magazine The Indicator ( ) it's ashamed of the emails and pledges to improve its culture.

The private college of 1,800 students suspended the team's activities after The Indicator on Sunday reported on a series of emails among some team members from 2013 to 2015.

The magazine said the messages were racist and misogynist, sometimes including pictures of female students and comments on their sexual histories. Some women were referred to as ''meat slabs'' or ''a walking STD.''

The team says it deserves criticism but hopes to regain the trust of those people it hurt.

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