Williamstown, MA—The men's cross country team heads to Brunswick, Maine today to compete at the NCAA New England Regional Championship, hosted by Bowdoin. The Ephs will be looking to clinch their 13thstraight trip to the NCAA Championship, hosted a week later.
Although the regional meet is a championship in its own right, the meet serves as the qualifying meet for the NCAA Champinship. The top two teams from each of the eight regions score automatic bids, while the NCAA selects a further 16 teams at-large according to their discretion. Last year, the New England region received two at-large bids, sending 4 teams in total.
Williams enters this meet ranked 2ndin the region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). They are ranked just behind Amherst, and just ahead of Middlebury and MIT.
The Ephs look well-prepared for this meet, having notched a win over MIT in their only race against each other this season, and having just finished 2ndat the NESCAC Championship, behind only Amherst. The group racing this weekend is healthy and strong. Toeing the line for the Ephs will be a group composed solely of underclassmen. Ryan Cox '20, the newly-minted NESCAC Champion, should lead the way for the Ephs. Running close to him all season has been Aidan Ryan '21. Cox and Ryan both look able to contend for top regional honors. Close behind Ryan has been William McGovern '20. Behind those three, the group of Ephs that finished in a tightly clustered pack at NESCACs will also be racing this weekend: Sam Wischnewsky '20, Tristan Colaizzi '20, Lucas Estrada '20, and Elias Lindgren '22. The Ephs have a quality of depth that no other team in the region can match, and top-end strength to rival any other school.
Head Coach Pete Farwell looked forward to the regional meet, saying, "As always Regionals is a highly competitive meet, and extremely exciting. The top competition includes NESCAC champs Amherst plus strong squads from Middlebury and Bates. Outside NESCAC there is MIT with a deep fast team contending for a high place. Our men's team has everyone healthy, and been packing up in faster workouts that have them ready for the flat course at Bowdoin. They have the endurance strength to unleash their speed over the final kilometer, and have a pack thus far unequalled by the other teams. The consistency of performance and experience of all seven racers gives us an edge, and we hope to have a couple frontrunners with the other 5 coming in rapidly close behind them, to earn Williams a high overall team place."
The men's race begins at 12 PM. The race will be streamed on NSN sports at the following url: https://www.nsnsports.net/colleges/bowdoin-college/