WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams College men's and women's cross country teams will play host to 23 visiting men's teams and 22 visiting women's teams this Saturday at their home course at Mt. Greylock HS.
This year's field will welcome its first entrant from California in Pomona-Pitzer and its first entrant from Texas in the University of Texas-Tyler (UT-Tyler).
Pomona-Pitzer is bringing a men's team, while UT-Tyler is bringing both it's men's and women's teams.
The field for this year's Purple Valley Classic is particularly strong with the top New England teams fielding both their men's and women's teams, a strong SUNY Geneseo program, Pomona-Pitzer, and Stevens Tech (NJ).
Seven of the men's teams competing this weekend are nationally ranked and in the women's race four of the top seven teams in the nation will run.
Amherst, MIT, Middlebury, SUNY Geneseo, and Williams are all ranked regionally and nationally in both genders in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Association's (USTFCCCA) most recent poll.
"We're excited to be hosting two-good sized fields that are top-loaded with talent," said Eph head men's and women's cross country coach Pete Farwell. "Next year I'm going to try and get representation from all eight NCAA regions. This race will be a good early season test for us, but we will be more focused on the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh the next weekend."
USTFCCCA Ranked Men's Teams Competing
Amherst (#1 New England)
MIT (#2 New England)
Williams (#3 New England)
Tufts (#5 New England)
Middlebury (#7 New England)
SUNY-Geneseo (#2 Atlantic)
DeSales (#8 Mideast)
Pomona-Pitzer (#2 West)
Top 26 Nationally Ranked Men's Teams
SUNY Geneseo #16
USTFCCCA Ranked Teams Competing
MIT (#1 New England)
Williams (#2 New England)
Middlebury (#3 New England)
Amherst (#5 New England)
Texas-Tyler (#7 South)
SUNY-Geneseo (#1 Atlantic)
Stevens (#8 Atlantic)
Vassar (#10 Atlantic)
Top 25 Nationally Ranked Teams Competing
SUNY Geneseo #3
The Purple Valley Classic will be the first competition of the season in the United States for the Ephs as they opened their 2015 campaign north of the border competing in the McGill Invitational hosted by McGill University. The Eph women won the team title and the Eph men finished second.
Senior Lacey Serletti was the top Eph female finisher in Montreal, coming in fourth and right behind her in fifth place was junior Hannah Cole.