HADLEY, Mass. – Last Saturday at the Ephs' home course at Mt. Greylock H.S. seven Eph men and three Eph women earned All-NESCAC honors as both Eph teams claimed NESCAC titles.
Eph junior Aidan Ryan is the NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer following the 2019 NESCAC Men's Cross Country Championships. The annual honor is given to the individual who finished first at the conference championship.
Ryan won the men's race with a time of 25:27.3, 14 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, to earn his fifth straight victory of the season. Ryan earned All-NESCAC First Team honors along with sophomore Nick Gannon, senior Ryan Cox, sophomore Elias Lindgren, and senior Tristan Colaizzi. Earning All-NESCAC Second Team honors for the Ephs were seniors William McGovern and Kenneth Marshall.
"Aidan Ryan again displayed his fitness, smooth stride, and pacing expertise to win, notched a very good time for our challenging 8k course with a significant number of hills in it.," Farwell said. "His workouts have been consistently high quality, and his base is wide, set for a high peak. Nick Gannon had yet another break-out race, this the best of his career to take third (almost 2nd in a thrilling kick finishing neck and neck with Middlebury's Henderson."
"Tristan Colaizzi also had his best race, with a long move in the final 2-miles and a speedy finish," added Farwell. "His mileage, combined with mid-distance speed and race strategy, has created a true harrier. Ryan Cox, William McGovern, and Kenny Marshall all are 'in the mix' every race, and getting faster by the week. They each were abroad a semester (Marshall two!) last year, and have put everything into being their best ever for the season's finale ahead."
The Eph men won the 2019 NESCAC title by placing five runners among the top seven finishers in the race. "Only three times before, once in 1980's, twice in the 1990's, has a team scored less points in NESCAC's than our men did this year," Farwell stated. "And never before has one team had seven runners in the top eleven finishers. What a group, and it extends well beyond that as our team has incredible depth, especially in this extraordinary senior class, but throughout the large roster that supports each other in so many dimensions. The quest they have been on all summer and fall as created opportunities for many innovations, many being initiated by the captains who have exhibited great leadership."
Williams head coach Peter Farwell was selected as the NESCAC Men's Coach of the Year by his peers. It marks the seventh time in his 41-year tenure with the Ephs that he has garnered the award. Farwell guided the Ephs to their 18th NESCAC title as Williams posted the lowest team score (22 points) since 1996, when the Ephs recorded 26 points to claim the NESCAC Championship. "It is wonderful that coaching colleagues have honored our team, by naming me the conference Coach of the Year," said Farwell.
The Eph women's team also captured the 2019 NESCAC title with freshman Eva Borton and junior Sarah Tully placing in the top seven, Borton was fourth and Tully seventh, and both Ephs earned All-NESCAC First Team accolades. "Eva Borton had a phenomenal race to place 4th, demonstrating a 'veteran's' poise and ability to get out well but not over-fast, then pace perfectly to move up, not force the pace on the uphills, and then to flow fast down, and with a speedy kick on the end," stated Farwell. "Her time of 22:15 a very fast one on our course. She was the top freshman finisher in the meet, and we are excited to have her with us for many seasons to come."
"Much-improved Sarah Tully put in an excellent summer upping the volume of her training and has been working on her stride and gaining speed, so that now she has moved into this top seven of the conference, making First Team all-NESCAC, and has become a real workout leader and model athlete for our team to emulate," commented Farwell.
Senior Madeline Boutet, in her first collegiate year of running cross country, came in 14th in the race and earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors. "Maddy Boutet is actually a 'rookie' to Williams X-Country, having just joined this year," noted Farwell. "She has incredible endurance and has brought her competitive biking and rowing background to the trails and can really push herself to the max. She has been consistently one of our top five, and has given us 'up front depth' to make the team into a contender in every meet. She truly deserves this Second Team all-conference recognition."
"The team winning this championship by a sizeable margin over Tufts was a true victory, built upon a summer of being in touch from all points of the U.S. (and a couple beyond) and then through 10 weeks of training together at a higher level than before, resulting in fitness, ability to achieve the best in races, and above all teamwork," Farwell said. "Our captains, Emma Herrmann and Hannah Lebowitz, have added significant new dimensions to the team, making it a fun and relaxed ethos, while bringing competitive skills to the meets. We are excited for the big contests still ahead."
2019 All-NESCAC Cross Country Teams
Men's First Team (places 1-7)
1 -- Aidan Ryan, - 25:27.3 - @
3 -- Nick Gannon - 25:42.8
5 -- Ryan Cox - 25:47.9 ^
6 -- Elias Lindgren - 25:49.0 - X
7 -- Tristan Colaizzi - 25:52.6
Men's Second Team (places 8-14)
8 -- William McGovern - 25:53.3
11 -- Kenneth Marshall - 26:02.5
Most Outstanding Performer: Aidan Ryan, Williams
Coach of the Year: Peter Farwell, Williams
Women's First Team (places 1-7)
4 -- Eva Borton, - 22:15.7 5:59
7 -- Sarah Tully - 22:28.3
Women's Second Team (places 8-14)
14 -- Madeleine Boutet - 22:55.4
@ - 2018 All-NESCAC 2nd Team
X - 2018 Rookie of the Year