Williams Men's Cross Country Hosting Purple Valley Classic Saturday

Head Coach Peter Farwell '73
Head Coach Peter Farwell '73

Williamstown MA—This Saturday, the Williams College men's cross country team will host 23 visiting teams for the Purple Valley Classic at Mount Greylock High School.

The field for this year's Purple Valley Classic is historically strong, with the highest ranked New England schools fielding teams in addition to powerhouses SUNY-Geneseo, RPI, and NYU. Teams from several regions, including New England, the Atlantic, Mideast, and Midwest will race. Baldwin-Wallace, from Ohio, will compete at this meet for the first time.

Eight of the men's teams running this weekend are ranked by the USTFCCCA in the top 32 for the nation, meaning that this race will be the most competitive contested thus far nationally. Twelve teams competing are ranked in the top 10 in their region.

"We're looking forward to our home meet and seeing where we are at this point of the early fall season," said head coach Pete Farwell. "We want to continue to develop our packing up and working together with teammates."

The Mount Greylock High School course has been a championship-caliber course, having been the venue for the NCAA New England Regional three times. It is located 4 miles south of the College's campus on Route 7.

Race times:

11:30 AM: Men's and Women's 5k

12:10 PM: Men's 8k

1:00 PM: Women's 6k


USTFCCCA Regionally Ranked Teams:


SUNY-Geneseo (#1)

RPI (#2)

NYU (#3)


Dickinson (#5)

DeSales (#6)

New England:

Williams (#1)

MIT (#2)

Amherst (#3)

Colby (#4)

Tufts (#6)

Middlebury (#7)

WPI (#9)


USTFCCCA Nationally Ranked Teams:

SUNY-Geneseo (#2)

Williams (#3)

MIT (#6)

Amherst (#10)

RPI (#19)

NYU (#25)

Tufts (#28)

Dickinson (#32)