WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Peter Farwell's Williams College men's cross country team fresh off a convincing win at the NESCAC Championships on their home course at Mt. Greylock HS will compete in the NCAA New England Regional race Saturday at Bowdoin College.
In Brunswick, Maine the Ephs will be in the hunt for one of the two automatic bids to the NCAA Championship Race in Louisville on November 23 so they do not have to rely on earning an at-large bid due to the complicated nature of that process.
Qualifying this year for the NCAA Championship race would give the Ephs 28 overall appearances in race to determine the national champion in NCAA DIII and extend their current string of appearances to 14 in a row. Last year the Ephs finished 8th at the NCAA Championship race.
Race day weather is expected to be in the low 30s with a sunny sky and winds that may gust up to 10-15 mph. The race course at Bowdoin is relatively flat. "It doesn't seem like the course will favor any particular team," stated Eph assistant coach Dusty Lopez. "At this point all the teams are very fit and have run a variety of courses. So, it will just depend on who runs the smartest, toughest, most well-executed race. Of course, overall health of the team is critical as well. It helps to avoid any last minute illnesses or injuries."
The Eph lineup includes seniors Tristan Colaizzi and Ryan Cox, sophomore Nick Gannon, junior Aidan Ryan, sophomore Elias Lindgren, and seniors Kenneth Marshall and William McGovern. The first five finishers on each team contribute to the team score. Senior Lucas Estrada will be the first alternate if someone from the above is unable to compete.
The New England Regional features five teams ranked in the latest national USTFCCCA coaches top 25 poll.
USTFCCCA Regional Poll
( ) = national ranking
1 – Ephs (2)
2 – MIT (12)
3 – Amherst (17)
4 – Middlebury (21)
5 – Colby (24)
Amherst was second at the NESCAC Championships, while MIT is the 2019 NEWMAC champion and always fields a strong team.