Boston, MA—The Williams men's cross country team competed today at the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Tufts at Franklin Park. Competing in the midst of a Nor'easter, fighting through lashing rain, high winds, and inches of mud, the Ephs finished 2nd. Amherst won the championship with 60 points, followed by Williams with 86, and Middlebury in 3rdwith 88.
Conditions today were tough, to say the least. The venue had hosted the ACC Championship the day before, and the combination of the previous meet and stormy conditions meant that competitors were sliding around throughout the race. Still, the Ephs met the conditions with their own toughness. Up front, Ryan Cox '20 and Aidan Ryan '21 ran relaxed in the top pack. Behind them, a large pack of Ephs tracked Amherst and Middlebury runners, who had gotten out to a hot start.
By the 5k mark, Cox and three other competitors had separated from the rest of the field. Cox hung tough with the others all the way to the home straightaway. Although not known for his kick, when Cox began his finishing sprint, none of his competitors could respond to the injection of pace. Cox won the first varsity race of his collegiate career, winning the NESCAC title in 25:27.8. Head Coach Pete Farwell was ecstatic with Cox's performance, saying "we knew the conditions would suit Ryan, but he had a tremendous run out there. He didn't get that separation in the first 7600 meters, but he had such a great kick. In future meets the conditions will likely be better, but Ryan has become a real competitor now, regardless of the conditions."
Behind Cox, Ryan hung tough to finish 12thin 26:05.9. William McGovern '20 had a good race himself, finishing in 20thin 26:15.5. Four Ephs, Lucas Estrada '20, Tristan Colaizzi '20, Samuel Wischnewsky '20, and Elias Lindgren '22 formed a great pack midway through the race, finishing hard to take the spots between 26th-29th, finishing in respective times of 26:23.9, 26:24.7, 26:26.3, and 26:27.7.
Head Coach Pete Farwell was pleased with how the team competed today, saying "I thought our guys did great out there. Many of our runners have real smooth strides that don't fare well on this sort of course, but I was really happy with how they competed despite that and made the most of it. I was also excited to see how deep and quick our packs were, with guys like Tristan and Lucas having great days. Amherst is a great team, but I think if our guys keep focusing on their training and being the best they can be, we can give them a scare at future meets."
The Ephs will return to competition next Sunday, at the USATF New England Championship. The meet will be hosted at Franklin Park as well.