Ephs Second at Purple Valley Classic

Ephs Second at Purple Valley Classic

COMPLETE RESULTS 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA--The Williams men's cross country squad continued their season today on home turf at Mount Greylock Regional High School, hosting 23 teams and defeating all but SUNY Geneseo. That school's top runner, Isaac Garcia-Cassani, won the 8k in 25:24.9. Close behind in fourth and fifth place were Benjamin Decker '18 (25:32.2) and Captain Peter Hale '17 (25:33.1).

The runners from Geneseo positioned themselves well early on, clearly leading the field at the three-mile mark with a strong pack. MIT also looked confident, but the Ephs were able to split up their pack during the final two miles of the race. Griffin Colaizzi '18 (25:55.8) and Noah Williams '17 (26:02.0) finished in the top 20 as well. Soon after came Liam Simpson '18 (26:08.7), David Folsom '17 (26:19.9), and Austin Anderson '19 (26:31.1).
 
Head coach Pete Farwell was pleased with the showing: "We did our game plan. Peter and Ben hung back, they were in the top 12 but just kind of floating. The pace picked up, they kept staying with them. Peter caught up and felt good even after heavy training." Farwell predicted that the Ephs will show even more depth in the coming weeks.
 
The team results revealed that Williams lost to Geneseo—ranked second in nation for Division III—48 to 64 points. MIT trailed with 89.
 
But perhaps the day's most exciting performance was in the freshman 5k. Led by Ryan Cox '20, who stopped the clock at 16:13.7, the new Ephs snatched the first six places with a mere 13-second spread, beating out Amherst and Tufts who scored 56 and 72 points, respectively. Tristan Colaizzi '20 came second in 16:19.8, with Sam Wischnewsky '20 (16:23.3), William McGovern '20 (16:24.4), Peter Kirgis '20 (16:24.8) and Nick Gannon '20 (16:26.1) hot on his heels.
 
The freshmen's perfect score of 15 was certainly not lost on coach Farwell who said, "The first-year race was really exciting because those guys are so exuberant. We have a lot of talent in that group and they know how to race."
 
Next weekend, the 14 runners selected for the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University will face stiff competition, while the remaining members will compete at on a fast course at Westfield the following week.