WLLIAMSTOWN, MA – Now in his 37th year as the head coach of men's cross country at his alma mater, Pete Farwell '73, has been named the New England Region Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Farwell's Ephs won their 28th consecutive Little Three title this fall, the NESCAC Championship, and then edged archrival Amherst 67-68 to claim the NCAA New England Regional title and earn an automatic berth in this Saturday's NCAA Championship race.
Farwell's Eph men will step to the starting line at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winnecone, Wisconsin, ranked second nationally behind Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Wisconsin-Eau Claire received six first place votes in the last USTFCCCA coaches' poll before the NCAA Championship race, while the Ephs received the remaining two first place votes.
Twice Farwell has guided his Eph men to the NCAA title: 1994 & 1995. He has also had two Eph runners win the overall NCAA men's championship race. Jeremie Perry '96 took top honors in 1994 and became the Ephs' first individual NCAA champion. Eleven years later Neal Holtschulte '06 became the second Eph to win the NCAA race. To date Holtschulte is the lone Eph runner to earn All-America honors all four years.
Interesting to note that this year's USTFCCCA New England Women's Coach of the Year, Tufts' Kristen Morwick, once served as an assistant to Farwell at Williams.