Ephs win NESCAC Championship

Ephs win NESCAC Championship
 
NEW GLOUCESTER, MAINE -- Williams captured its third straight NESCAC total scoring 62 points, while Middlebury was second with 77 points.

It could not have been a more beautiful day for racing.  The sun was beaming and it was a cool 60 degrees, with a light breeze.  As the Ephs were waiting to warm-up, the cars of spectators rolled in ready to cheer, with excitement and energy!  Spirits were high as the women prepared to race, talking about packing strategies and where to make moves, while previewing the course.
 
NESCAC is a deep conference, and the competition between the one hundred and forty-four runners was ferocious today.  The Bates course was chalk-full of rolling hills, with a great wood section where the trail was hard-packed dirt, with a lot of twists and turns.  The Ephs were led by senior captain Victoria Kingham, placing an incredible second with 21:53 earning First Team All-NESCAC honors.  Earning Second Team honors were senior captain Anna Harleen and sophomore Audrey Rustad, finishing eleventh and twelfth in 22:34 and 22:35, respectively.  Senior Stella Worters ran a strong race for fourth on the Eph team and 17th overall, crossing the line in 23:01.  The final scorer for the team was senior captain Emily Sundquist, who finished close to Worters in 23:10 came in 20th overall.  Junior Emily Harris, coming back from sickness finished sixth for the team in 23:21.  First year Erica Barrett was right behind her in 23:24.
 
First year Caroline Galo had a strong performance crossing the line in 23:33, eighth for the team.  Next on the team was senior Eliza Matt, finishing in 23:48.  After Matt, a great group ran together, lead by first year Brianna Bourne, with sophomores Emily Tibbetts and Janelle Gowgiel.  All three had very strong races, showing weeks of solid training, finishing in 24:07, 24:20, and 24:25, respectively.  Sarah Tully was right on their heels, running 24:32 despite illness.  Anna Passannante was the next finisher for the Ephs, in 24:46.  Leah Rosenfeld raced tough and crossed the line in 26:19.
 
The Ephs were excited about the win, and the positive team atmosphere that percolated through the day.  The depth of the team was evident, with eight women in the top 36.  This means Williams had eight women finish before eight other teams had their fifth runner (and sometimes fourth runner as well) finish.  Additionally, the women had all fifteen of their runners finish before one team's seventh runner had crossed the line.
 
Eph head coach Pete Farwell was very happy with the day, saying there was a lot of "dig-deep" efforts and many "super performances."