Saratoga, NY—The men's cross country team continued a strong season today at the Saratoga Invitational, hosted by RPI. The Ephs came into this meet after finishing 2ndat last week's Purple Valley Classic, a resounding statement that saw Williams rocket up in the national rankings from 17thto 6th. The Ephs faced off today against #3 ranked RPI, #26 St. Lawrence, and a number of other colleges, including Hamilton. The Ephs finished 2ndto RPI, 26 points to 65. St. Lawrence was 3rd, with 107 points.
The race got out to a hot start, with Ephs Aidan Ryan '21 and Ryan Cox '20 dueling with RPI's Sean and Grant O'Connor up front. Ryan and Cox held strong through the last straightaway, finishing in 3rdand 4thin times of 25:14.5 and 25:17.6 respectively, a personal best for the latter athlete. William McGovern '20 and Sam Wischnewsky '20 also raced well among RPI's varsity packs, finishing in 14thin 26:08.9 and 26:17.7. Sam Gilman '21 rounded out the top 5 for the Ephs with a fantastic performance, moving up relentlessly throughout the race, outleaning fellow Eph Chris Avila '21 at the line to finish 26thin 26:24.2. First-year Jack Wallace '22 ran a patient and intelligent race in his debut 8k, rounding out the top 7 for the Ephs in 32nd, in a time of 26:31.6.
Head Coach Pete Farwell was pleased with how his team performed, saying, "I thought we did a great job out there today. We've had a tough week of training and we're certainly not sharp right now, but everyone competed really strongly, and a number of our guys really had good races. It was great to see sophomores Sam Gilman and Chris Avila have such strong races, but I was also excited to see many of the runners farther down in our depth chart have big PRs and run really well. I think we're in a good spot as a team as we head into October and some of the bigger meets of the season, including Connecticut College and the NESCAC Championship."
The Ephs will return to competition October 13 at the Inter-Regional Meet at Connecticut College.