NEW LONDON, CT. – Led by Aidan Ryan '21 and his course-record time of 23:56.0, the Williams College Ephs enjoyed another victory, edging out MIT and RPI to finish in 1st out of 28 teams at the Connecticut College Inter-Regional Meet.
Full results can be found here.
"It was a nice day to run on a beautiful course," remarked Eph head coach Pete Farwell following the meet. "We ran against some stiff competition, and we came out on top."
Averaging a finish of 24:43 in the 8K, the Ephs finished with just 47 points – far ahead of second-place MIT's 96 and third-place RPI's 149. No team other than Williams finished with more than two runners inside the top 20. The Ephs took five of those spots.
Ryan, who has won every race he has participated in this season, enjoyed another first-place finish – and this one wasn't particularly close. The only runner to finish in under 24 minutes at 23:56.0, Ryan finished more than 20 seconds ahead of second-place Danny Aschale from Connecticut College after an impressive kick in the final half-mile. He finished with a new PR and a course record at a remarkable pace of 4:48.9 per mile.
"It's a phenomenal thing to do," commented Farwell on Ryan's record-breaking race. "I don't know if there's anyone else in Division III who's run a sub-24 this year."
Coming in second place on the Ephs, and fifth overall, was Elias Lindgren '22, who continued his breakout sophomore season with a PR of 24:42.0 – his college 8K PR. Featuring a kick that saw Lindgren move up all the way from 13th place, Lindgren also managed a sub-5-minute pace, at 4:58.9. Lindgren was the highest finisher among sophomores; the next sophomore to finish was MIT's Andrew Mah, who came in 10th.
"Elias had a breakthrough race," said Farwell. "It was significant breaking 25 minutes and placing that high in that kind of a field. We're excited about him."
Nick Gannon '20, Kenneth Marshall '20 and Ryan Cox '20 finished in 11th, 12th, and 18th, respectively, and finished out the top five for Williams. Gannon and Marshall finished within a second of each other – at 24:54.9 and 24:55.8 – and Cox was not far behind, finishing in 25:09.8.
The Ephs' senior class continued their strong season, with William McGovern '20, Tristan Colaizzi '20, Lucas Estrada '20, Sam Wischnewsky '20 and Kevin LaFleche '20 all finishing in the team's top ten. All of the top ten Eph finishers except for Ryan and Lindgren were seniors.
"We have a great group of seniors behind [Ryan and Lindgren]," noted Farwell. "We have a senior-dominated group, and we're really excited about how they're performing."
Though the seniors led the pack, some of the younger Ephs also enjoyed strong races. Will Titus '23, in his first college 8K, ran an impressive race in 26:50.0. Caleb Dittmar '23 led all Eph freshmen, finishing in 117th in 26:16.4. Will Spollen '23, who has led the freshman pack so far this season, did not have his best race but still finished just ahead of Titus in 26:47.5.
Two weeks from today on November 2nd, the Ephs will host the NESCAC championships, looking to win their first league title since 2016.