WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- It was 70 degrees and sunny today at Mt. Greylock Regional High School, the site of the historic Plansky Invite. Alumni of various eras from men's and women's cross country teams alike duked it for five intense kilometers of rolling hills, with the imposing slopes of Mt. Greylock looming in the distance. Placing first was former captain and All-American Bijan Mazaheri '16 with a commanding time of 15:37, despite coming short of Colin Cotton '16's course record of 15:17. Peter Watson '13 came second in 16:34, followed by Daniel Siegel '15 in 16:49. The first current Eph was Ben Hearon '20 in 16:51, with Christopher Heckelman '21 (16:58) rounding out the top five. Assistant Coach and former All-American Dusty Lopez '01 came in a convincing eighth (17:12), only to rejoin and encourage his young daughters later in the race.
Visiting teams included Cobbleskill, Dean College, Lyndon State and Johnson State. Cobbleskill senior Anthony Bouchard staked out the 19th spot in 17:56. Also putting in strong performances for Williams were Matthew Peacock '21 (9th, 17:16), Tyler Johnson '21 (10th, 17:19), Felix Biwott '21 (11th, 17:19), and captain Andrew Bloniarz '18 (12th, 17:24). Overall, the first-year runners exhibited maturity and composure, competing well with accomplished alumni.
Head Coach Pete Farwell '73 noted that, "we had great conditions today, with peak fall foliage. Even some of the alums seem to be in great condition themselves. Plansky has always been one of my favorite meets: I just love the atmosphere." When all was said and done, the top five alumni scored 21 (1-2-3-7-8) to the current students' 34 (4-5-6-9-10).
Next week the Ephs will travel to Bates College to compete in the 2017 NESCAC Championship. The Ephs will be gunning for their 5th consecutive title.