Williamstown, MA – The Williams College Men's cross country team competed in the Plansky Invitational on their home course on Saturday. They prevailed over Fitchburg State in a two-team battle.
The men raced 6,000 meters on a hilly, wet course at Mt. Greylock High School. Lance Harden won the race in a time of 19:49. He built a sizable gap on the entire field and led the race from start to finish. The second man to finish overall in the race was Eric Ouellette from Fitchburg State in 20:43. Junior Henry Koster led the Ephs and finished fourth overall in a 21:08. He is just returning from a knee injury and had a strong performance. He moved up extremely well in the last mile of the race.
Brian McGrail finished as the second man for the Ephs. He had a breakout performance and ran a 21:35. Not far behind, Nathaniel Sutton ran a 21:35 as the third man. Ben Fischberg and Matthew Rock both had excellent races and rounded out the top 5 running 21:59 and 22:20, respectively. Head coach Pete Farwell said, "I was glad the way they competed today. For some, it was their first opportunity to score for the team." With several breakout performances, the Williams men's team won the team title with 24 points over Fitchburg State with 33 points.
The Williams Men's team sat out their top runners for this meet in order to prepare them for the championship season. The men still competing will take to the course next Saturday, October 27, at the NESCAC Championships at Bowdoin.