LOUISVILLE – The Williams College men's cross country team finished third at the NCAA DIII Championship race this morning in E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The 8k track was wet from a light rain and the running surface was muddy, but it did not hold back Patrick Watson from Stevenson University, who won in a time of 24.19.6. The race time temperature was 43 degrees, slightly warmer than the temperature in Williamstown today.
Pomona-Pitzer took the team title with 164 points, North Central College was second with 182 points, and the Ephs came in third with a team score of 183. This marks the 11th time the Ephs have finished in the top five at the NCAA Championship race in their 28 appearances and it is their third, third place finish. They also finished third in 2009 and 2015.
The Ephs' top finisher on the day was junior Aidan Ryan who capped off a sensational season with a 10th place finish and earned All-America honors. Ryan finished in a time of 24:19.6.
Senior Ryan Cox also captured All-America honors. Cox who kept improving throughout the fall season, while recovering from a late spring injury, was the second Eph to cross the finish line and he was timed in 24:40., finishing 19th overall.
Sophomore Elia Lindgren finished 47th overall and was the third Eph scoring finisher coming in with a time of 25:05.6. Senior Tristan Colaizzi was the fourth Eph to score as he finished 57th overall with a time of 25:10.4. The fifth and final scoring Eph today was senior William McGovern who crossed the finish line 95th overall and he was timed in 25:25.9.
"The men ran well and we had to overcome some tough breaks as one of our runners fell down and could not recover and then Elias Lindgren lost a shoe about a mile and a half in, but he just kept racing. Over the last mile Elias went past 20 runners and then he went by another dozen in the final 300 yards," noted Eph head coach peter Farwell.
"The guys were a teeny bit disappointed they did not finish higher, but they got over it quickly as they realized that third on a day like today was a strong showing," added Farwell. "At one point Aidan Ryan dropped to 13th, but he came on to finish in the top 10. Ryan Cox moved up well throughout the race and he came in in the top 20."
"Tristan Colaizzi had a great race today and William McGovern ran a strong race as well," stated Farwell. "I'm so impressed how this team came together in the spring to make the commitment to be as good as they could be this fall, making out their summer plans and then building together as a group when they returned to campus. It was an amazing season for many reasons."