NEW ORLEANS – Five members of Peter Farwell's Williams College men's cross country team that finished second at the NCAA Regional race at Bowdoin College on Nov. 10 have been accorded All-Region honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
To earn All-Region honors a runner must finish in the top 35 at the NCAA regional Qualifier.
The five Ephs are all underclassmen and the quintet consists of three juniors, a sophomore, and a first year.
"Tristan's background is in middle distance on the track, and it took a while for him to start believing that he could really contribute in a five mile cross country race," said Eph assistant coach Dusty Lopez. "All along, though, he's clearly shown the ability to be a key member of the team in all three seasons, and this has been a breakout cross country season for him. He really brings a good positive energy to the group, loves to compete, and even though his mileage in training isn't the highest on the team, he's done a great job supplementing on the bike."
"Ryan has made an incredible jump forward this year, which is a real testament to his hard work and consistency over his three years at Williams College," commented assistant coach Jamie Norton. "He has learned to approach his racing with confidence and composure, and has overcome some misconceptions of "weaknesses" he has had in the past - namely his ability to both start and finish races with some speed! As we've come into the post-season, Ryan has emerged as a strong steady leader of our team, and takes genuine interest in helping his peers grow and thrive alongside him."
"William rises early every day to get at his studies, well before breakfast, occasionally fitting in a morning swim or short easy run," stated Farwell. "His work ethic and self-discipline are exceptional, and he has built an incredible endurance base that allows him to hold a hard pace throughout. As he did in the New England championship, in which he 'went out on a limb' a bit faster than usual, putting himself in the top 25, and still mustering a fast finish for 20th place. We can always depend on William, and it will be wonderful to see him excel again in this his first Nationals."
"Aidan has been a great contributor to our program this year, both on and off the course," said Norton. "He has had his fair share of injuries over his short time at Williams, but has learned how to develop consistency in his training that is starting to pay dividends. We certainly appreciate his hunger; he strives every day to be the best he can be as an individual, and also to help our team reach our maximum potential. We've worked with him a lot on his racing tactics this season, and his spectacular race at regionals was an illustration of the progress he's made there. He's a big part of our present team and a big part of our future as well, and we look forward to his continued growth over the next 2.5 years!"
"Elias is a first year with the savvy and poise of a veteran," said Farwell. 'Best of all he has trained diligently in the top group and made swift progress in 'mastering' the 8k distance. In this strong regional field he moved up with our pack of 4th through 7th guys, then made the move to increase the pace and pulled the others along with him. He thus moved up some 50 places in the race to kick in and finish as the 3rd fastest First Year, and the Ephs' 4th man. We are looking forward to this NCAA meet for him, and 11 more seasons at Williams!"
By virtue of the Ephs' second place team finish at the New England regional qualifier at Bowdoin Williams will be competing this Saturday in the NCAA Championship meet in Oshkosh, Wisc.
The Ephs will be looking to improve on last year's 13th place finish at the NCAA Championship meet. Heading into Saturday's race the Ephs are currently ranked 11th in the USTFCCCA national poll.