Men's Cross-Country Competes at USATF New Englands

Jenks Hehmeyer '20
Jenks Hehmeyer '20

BOSTON, MA – At the nationally renowned Franklin Park course, the Williams Ephs finished 7th in the USATF New Englands Men's Open 10K Race.

Full results can be found here.

Sixteen Ephs, mostly first-years and sophomores, took part in their first 10K race of the season. This race was different from previous meets this season in that not all of the teams were colleges, the race took place on a Sunday instead of a Saturday and the race was 10K instead of 8K. 

Still, Williams adjusted well. While no Eph finished higher than 36th, seven Ephs finished between 36th and 63rd.

"I was pleased with the group," commented Eph head coach Pete Farwell following the meet. "We had a lot of first years, and they really embraced the challenge of it."

Though the Ephs came in 7th place overall, they still finished ahead of NESCAC rivals Connecticut College (11th) and Colby (12th). Tracksmith, the Boston Athletic Association and the Battle Road Track Club – three non-collegiate associations – took home first, second, and third, respectively. 

Out of the sixteen Eph runners, Ben Hearon '21 finished on top, in 36th place with a time of 33:31. Simon Kissam '23 and Jenks Hehmeyer '20 were not far behind, finishing in 41st and 43rd, respectively, and both within 20 seconds of Hearon.

Kissam's finish was especially impressive, given that he has been battling injuries for most of the season. "He's been injured this year, so it's been great to see him run [the 10K distance] so well," said Farwell on Kissam's performance.

Will Spollen '23, Peter Kirgis '20, Will Titus '23, and Sam Gilman '21 finished off the Ephs' top seven. All of the Ephs' top 7 finished in under 35 minutes, at an 8K pace of less than 28 minutes.

"I'm pleased with how [the group that raced today] wanted to extend their seasons," remarked Farwell. "They trained a lot during the summer and the fall, and they really wanted to take one more shot at it."

Next Saturday, the Ephs will compete in the NCAA DIII regional race at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.