|Macklin Chaffee '09,|
2nd in 1500 at 2009
Fletcher Brooks was named the 2009 USTFCCCA New England Region
Indoor Coach of the Year and the NESCAC Outdoor Coach of the Year
as the Ephs continued to add to their storied track history.
The Ephs finished the 2009 indoor season with surpisingly strong effort to secure their fifth New England title in the last six years and then followed that up with Little Three (21st consecutive), NESCAC (9th straight) and New England (6th straight) outdoor championships.
The Ephs had five All-Americans at the NCAA Outdoor Track &
Field Championships with senior Macklin Chaffee posting the highest
finish coming in second in the 1500.
Sophomore Taylor Fitzgerald earned All-America honors in the 400 with a 4th place finish and then he teamed up with first year Viktor Nagy, and seniors Alex Hoerman and Deividas Seferis for All-America laurels in the 4 x 400 as the Eph quartet placed 6th.
Seniors Stew Buck and Eric Jonash both achieved USTFCCCA All-Academic honors by possessing acumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and meeting the national standard in either the indoor or outdoor NCAA championships.
In the summer of 2007 Pete Farwell was named acting head coach of men's and women's track & field to replace Ralph White. Farwell had served as an assistant under White the past six years and previous to that was the Ephs' head coach of men's & women's track & field from 1988-2001.
Dick Farley was named the associate head coach of men's and women's track & field this summer. Farley is another former head coach of Williams men's track field (1972-1987) and of women’s T&F (1982-1987), and since 1987 an assistant coach, and also served as the Ephs' head football coach (1987-2003).
During the 2006-07 academic year the Ephs had over 120 men and women competing in track and field, training as a coed team. Williams track & field teams combine enthusiasm and sacrifice, commitment and camaraderie, to produce success and enjoyment. Eph track is noted for its achievements on the track and are just as highly regarded for their sportsmanship and their upbeat spirit in competition.
The Ephs blend individual improvement with team goals to achieve their full potential with each athlete progressing to reach their best performance at the season-ending championships, as well as at the end of their four years at Williams. The teams demonstrate excellence in all events: throws, jumps, hurdles, sprints, distance and the relays.
Williams College T&F has built a strong program over the years and has compiled an impressive resume: in the New England Division III Championships the men tracksters have won 15 of the last 17 outdoor titles and 14 of the past 16 indoor titles – including being victorious in both seasons the past 4 years
Williams has claimed 16 of the last 18 NESCAC titles including tying for last year's championship and winning the six previous titles, and has won 19 consecutive Little Three Championships vs. Amherst and Wesleyan.
In the NCAA Championship Meet Williams has finished as high as 2nd (outdoors 1995 and 1996), and 3rd indoors (1996) and most recently reached the podium again in 2006 with a 4th place outdoor finish.
The indoor team competes and trains in the Towne Field House
with its 4-lane, 9-laps-to-the-mile synthetic track. The outdoor
team competes on Tony Plansky Track at Weston Field built in 1987,
which features an 8-lane Action Track surface. A brand new track is
planned for the same location and is scheduled to be ready for the
fall of 2009.
Chandler Gym hosts a weight room and multi-level fitness center and 50-meter pool that are used for alternate workouts and therapy.
|Taylor Fitzgerald '11, 2009 All-American in the 400|
The schedule includes quad meets, invitationals, and championships in both indoor and outdoor seasons. Williams competes with Division I, II and II teams in New England, New York, and the Northeast region.
Since 1985 the Ephs have traveled during the two-week spring break to prepare for the spring season. Williams trained and competed in San Diego in 2006 and in Santa Barbara, CA in 2007.