Waterford, CT—The Williams men's cross country team competed today at the Connecticut College Invitational. This meet hosted nearly every NESCAC team, as well as several other top teams from the New England and Atlantic region. Williams handled themselves ably, coming in 2ndto Amherst in a tight finish, 72-76. Middlebury was 3rd, with 96 points.
Although the course at Harkness Memorial State Park is generally very quick, rainy and wet conditions made this day not as fast as it otherwise would have been. Nevertheless, nearly every Eph, from the top runner to the last, had a personal or seasonal best. Up front, Ryan Cox '20 and Aidan Ryan '21 ran in the top pack for the first 3 miles, before Cox made a powerful mid-race surge. Two runners managed to chase Cox down just before the finish, but he held it together for a 3rdplace finish in 24:55.8. Ryan, meanwhile, kicked it hard to finish finish 11thin 25:20.0. Next for the Ephs was William McGovern '20 in 25:28.0 (17th), followed by Sam Wischnewsky '20 in 25:32.1 (20th). Coming up big for Williams was first-year Elias Lindgren '22, who ran a personal best by nearly 70 seconds to finish 5thon the team in 25:38.8 (25th). Rounding out the top 7 were Lucas Estrada '20 (25:45.9, 31st) and Kevin LaFleche '20 (25:53.5, 36th). Although the depth of Williams' 4-7 runners was stronger than any other team, the strength of Amherst's top 3 runners was enough to deliver them the narrow win.
Behind the top 7, the Williams team as a whole competed extremely well. 31 runners competed for the Ephs today. 23 runners had personal bests. One who didn't was co-captain Austin Anderson '19, who competed today for the first time in a year, finishing in 26:10.6 (70th). The Ephs are very excited to have him back, and will appreciate his leadership on the course as well as off of it.
Head Coach Pete Farwell was pleased with how his team performed, saying, "we had some really great packs out there today. Our guys got out well into good position, and then made some good moves beyond that. I was excited to see our first-years perform so well, particularly Elias and Jack [Wallace], who each ran big PRs. As a whole team, front to back, I thought we did very well."
The Ephs will return to competition October 27 for the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Tufts at Franklin Park, near Boston.