Women's Cross Country 4th in a Strong Field at the Purple Valley Classic

Women's Cross Country 4th in a Strong Field at the Purple Valley Classic

COMPLETE RESULTS

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA--It was a warm day for racing, but the sun was out and the mountains looked beautiful!

The day kicked off with a strong show from the women in the 5k. At the front of the pack, there was some mixing around of the places at the Montreal meet the week before by the freshman. Erica Barrett, freshman was the winner of the women's 5k, with a great time of 19:36. She was followed closely by freshman Sarah Tully and Brianna Bourne, finishing second and third with times of 19:56 and 20:07, respectively. Next, we had sophomore Leah Rosenfeld finish fourth with a strong 20:24. Rounding out the top five for a perfect team score of 15 points was Caroline Galo, another freshman with a great time of 20:30. The depth of the Williams women was exemplified in the high finishes of the women that followed: freshman Jaylan Fraser-Mines ran 20:57, good for 8th place, with sophomore Janell Gowgiel right behind her in 21:01. Chelsey Jordan and Wyndom Chace were another freshmen duo that worked well together, crossing the line in 21:49 and 21:59 respectively. Sophomores Hannah Lebowitz, Adrienne Banks and Julia Gunther all raced tough on a course that was dramatically different from the one they raced on the year before. Despite the change, they finished in 22:14, 22:45, and 24:11, respectively.

After the men's race, and as the heat continued to rise, the ladies in the 6k took their marks. This course also had some serious changes that the upperclassmen had to adjust to, but they did an excellent job. The women placed 4th overall in a very strong field of 26 teams, some coming from as far as Ohio and Canada! Senior captain and returning all-american Victoria Kingham led the team with a 5th place finish and an incredible time of 22:22. Sophomore Audrey Rustad raced her first 6k, showing the extra distance was not a problem, with an 11th place finish and great personal record of 22:49. The third place finisher and consistent varsity member was captain Anna Harleen with a strong time of 23:41, good 30th place. Junior Emily Harris "ran tremendously", crossing the line in 24:10 and placing 49th (Pete Farwell). This was a big move for Emily Harris, not only making her way into the varsity group, but also scoring for the team! The scoring five was completed with sophomore and varsity returner Anna Passannante finishing just after Harris with 24:11 and 51st place. Next up, senior Stella Worters raced very well to finish 60th in 24:24. After Worters was senior Eliza Matt, running 24:39. The final two ladies, Junior Lindsay Klickstein and Senior Katie Flaharty worked together well, crossing the line in 26:35 and 26:37.

Eph head coach Pete Farwell said of the meet in general "it turned out to be just what we thought, really good competition, very tight across the board," but that it "was not a fast day." Of the performance, he felt that Victoria was "super in the heat", Audrey "ran smooth", and that we "had a pretty good group." He is excited to get everyone in the same race, saying "they'll have fun coming back together in the next couple weeks!"

Next week, about half the team will go to race at Paul Short, a highly competitive meet at Lehigh. The division one and two runners, combined with a fast course, should make for some personal records and exciting runs! On October 7th, the team will test their mettle at Westfield, a favorite course of the team, known for its fast times and close proximity to Williams.