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|Aidan Ryan is all alone at the finish/Frank Poulin|
BRUNSWICK, MAINE – The Williams College men's cross country team secured an automatic berth in next weekend's NCAA DIII Championship Race in Louisville, Kentucky by winning the NCAA New England Regional on the campus of Bowdoin College tallying 24 points, placing its five top finishers in the top 13 places in the race . Eph head coach Pete Farwell noted post-race, "That's an amazing, amazing good team score. We talked about our race plan ahead of time and the team could not have executed it any better. We got off the start well and then we had a solid pack throughout."
The Ephs placed five runners in the top eight spots in the race for their 24 points and that quintet powered the Ephs to the team title with Colby second with 93 points, while MIT finished third with 105 points, and taking fourth place was Amherst with 138 points.
Williams and Colby secured automatic berths in the NCAA Championship Race, while MIT in third and Amherst in fourth will have to await the results of the NCAA DIII selection process to see if they will secure at-large berths in next weekend's NCAA Championship.
This marks the 14th consecutive year and the 28th time overall that the Ephs have advanced to the NCAA DIII Championship race.
Racing in 25 degree, but sunny weather, neither a slight breeze, or the lightly snow covered areas, and iced over puddles throughout the course could hold back the Ephs.
Junior Aidan Ryan won his sixth consecutive race of the year and senior Ryan Cox finished second to lead the Eph team to victory. Ryan, who has been battling illness all week got out in the lead pack from the start of the race and took over first place around mile one and then methodically worked on extending his lead over Ace McAllister from Trinity College. Ryan won in a time of 24:51.56.
Ryan Cox was in the second group of runners behind Aidan Ryan and McAllister and after about three and half miles into the race he had propelled himself in to second place and he remained there finishing in a time of 24:55.43.
Cox who suffered an injury last spring has worked his way back into racing form by using an Elliptigo. "Ryan took the Ellitigo up one side of Mount Greylock from Williamstown and down into Lanesboro one day and then reversed his route and came back to Williamstown by going back up and over Mt. Greylock," noted Farwell. "He's just rounding into racing form now."
Finishing third for the Ephs and sixth overall in a time of 24:59.96 was Kenneth Marshall. The Ephs' fourth finishing runner was Elias Lindgren who was clocked in 25:01.57 and he finished seventh overall. The fifth and final scoring runner for the Ephs today was Nick Gannon who crossed the line in eighth place posting a time of 25:04.61.
William McGovern finished 6th for the Ephs and ninth overall with a time of 25:06.82 and Tristan Colaizzi was the seventh Eph finisher posting a time of 25:15.87 and claiming 13th place overall. place. All seven Eph competitors earned All-Region honors.