Williams Captures Third Consecutive Little Three Title
MIDDLETOWN, CT--The Ephs cruised to their third consecutive Little Three victory on Saturday, with four runners finishing in the top 10, and seven in the top 15. Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures made for ideal racing as the Williams women edged out Amherst with 28 points to Amherst's 34. Wesleyan scored 74 points for third place.
Annie Dear '13 turned in a strong first-place finish, surging across the 5k course in 18:28.77. Amherst sophomore Ali Simeone separated the Williams sophomore duo of Dear and Jennifer Gossels, who took third in 18:45.04. The sophomore class brought a strong showing to the Little Three meet, with Celeste Berg '13 returning from injury with a standout performance as she finished third for the Ephs and sixth overall in 18:54.16. Lauren Goldstein-Kral '12 was right behind her in seventh place, running 19:00.73.
Next for Williams was Tina Meade '11 in 11th place (19:25.22), followed by a freshman trio of Emily Barreca, Chiara Del Piccolo, and Brianne Mirecki, all finishing together within tenths of a second at 19:27.00, 19:27.57, and 19:27.71, respectively. Leslie Blackshear '13 was next in 19:31.07. The tightly packed group of freshmen carried out Head Coach Pete Farwell's traditional "pack mentality" race strategy to perfection.
Even throughout the rest of the team, the Williams women kept the team strategy in mind as most runners finished in small groups, fully embracing the final meet of the season where the entire team has an opportunity to compete together in the same race.
Next Saturday, the top 12 head to Hamilton College for the NESCAC Championship meet.