|Edgar Kosgey '10, 2008 All-American|
Williams has achieved cross country success since the team's
inception in 1912. Early triumphs under Coach Charles 'Doc' Seeley
(1912-1934) included New England titles in 1916 and 1924.
Hal Brown '20 was New England Champion and went on to capture the Gold Medal in the 3,000 meter team race at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.
Tony Plansky, two-time national decathlon champion, coached 44 years at Williams (1935-78). His last nine teams of the '70s compiled an 87-19-1 dual meet record including undefeated seasons in 1970, 1975, and 1977.
Pete Farwell '73 took the helm in 1979, and the Ephs compiled a 34-meet win streak with undefeated years 1979 and 1980. Since 1970 Williams has won the traditional Little Three rivalry with Amherst and Wesleyan 42 of 44 years, including the last 26 in a row through 2013.
The 2013 Ephs ran to first place finishes in the NESCAC, ECAC, and Regional championships. This extraordinary season was capped off by a 5th place finish in the NCAA Championship Race, led by junion Colin Cotton who earned All-American accolades for this 22nd place performance.
Williams cross country came into its own in 1992 with convincing
victories in the 11-team NESCAC conference and the New England
Division III Championship. Seth McClennen '93, freshman Marzuki
Stevens '96, and Chad Kurtz '94 qualified for the NCAAs. 1993-1998
saw repeats of those victories, which secured a team berth for the
The 1993 Ephs placed fourth to capture a coveted team trophy at the NCAA Championships. Jeremie Perry '96 led the charge in a 9th place All-American finish. Perry returned in 1994 to conquer the field, emerging as individual national champion with a speedy 24:41 clocking on a challenging 8k course. The Ephs packed in three more All-Americans (Stevens 7th, Tim Billo '97 22nd, and Creaghan Trainor '96 29th) with Greg Crowther '95 wrapping up the team score of 98 to edge perennial champ North Central (Illinois) 110. That top five won NESCAC and the 32-team Albany Invitational (Yale in 2nd). Perry was named 1994 Runner of the Year by the U.S. Track Coaches Association.
1995 found the Ephs 3rd in the All New Englands (behind only Providence and Dartmouth), winning the Dartmouth Invite, and repeating as NCAA Champs! At the Nationals Stevens (4th), Perry (7th), Billo (13th) and Long (26th) kicked in for All American finishes, and freshman Paul Alsdorf's 52nd clinched the 83-91 margin over North Central once again. 1996's three All Americans led the team to the conference title and 5th at NCAA's: Alsdorf 10th, Billo 18th, and Matt Buck 23rd. 1997 and 1998 squads ran the streak of conference titles to 5 and regional crowns to 7. In 1998 Alsdorf challenged for the national win, finishing runner-up, while Dan McCue '99 out-kicked 9 runners to place 7th for the best 1-2 punch in Williams harrier history as the team again gained the podium with its 3rd place finish. The 2000 squad featured three All-Americans - Dusty Lopez '01 24th, Tim Campbell '01 31st, and Andy Golden '03 33rd - who led the team to a NESCAC Championship and a 5th place team finish at Nationals.
|Jeff Perlis, 2008 All-American|
In 2001, despite losing three of All-Americans, Williams managed
to qualify for NCAAs for a ninth consecutive year, thanks in part
to standouts Wes Reutimann '02 and Karl Remsen ‘03.
The 2002s rose to the occasion in the championship season, copping 2nd in the NESCAC conference, 3rd in the New England III region, and finally exceeding all expectations with a remarkable 7th place finish (top New England team) at the NCAA championship. Remsen led the squad all year, ran 24:41, and earned All-American honors (14th place). So did Neal Holtschulte in 22nd place, top first year finisher in the nation! Holtschulte went on to be the top class finisher in the nation each year, taking consecutively 6th, 2nd, and finally National Champion in 2005, to become the first Williams male 4-time cross country All-American. He led the team to another 7th and a 6th place at nationals, backed up by Stephen Wills ’07 (30th place All-American in 2005).
The 2005 squad showcased the team's incredible depth by winning the ECAC Championship with the ‘Second Seven’, and the 2006 group repeated, with the top 7 winning the NESCAC title for the first time since 2000, and the New England III region for the first time since 1998. Another great team race garnered a national 7th place finish despite no All-American placers, as Wills, Brendan Christian ’09, Mike Davitian ’07, and Corey Levin ’08 packed in tightly.
The 2007 Ephs won the Little Three Championship (20th straight), NESCAC Championship (2nd straight) and the ECAC Championship (3rd straight) before closing out the seasonw ith a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Edgar Kosgey won NCAA New England qualifier and finished 36th at NCAAs, missing All-American honors by one spot.
The 2008 Ephs won the Little Three, NESCAC, ECAC and the NCAA
New England Qualifer on their way to a third place finish at the
NCAA Championships. Williams was paced by All-American efforts by
juniors Edgar Kosgey 10th and Jeff Perlis 26th.
The USTFCCCA named Edgar Kosgey the New England Region Runner of the Year for winning the NESCAC title and earning All-America honors. Head coach Pete Farwell was tabbed the USTFCCCA New England Regional Coach of the Year.
The 2009 team took that NCAA finish one notch higher, capturing 2nd with a powerful top foursome of Kosgey 3rd, Josephat Koima 36th, Connor Kamm 45th and Corey Watts 47th. With two Ephs having to drop out from physical difficulties 7th man Mark Springel came through with a PR race and big kick to clinch the runner-up team slot for Williams. During the season the Ephs again swept Little Three (22 in a row), NESCAC conference (4th straight), ECAC (5th consecutive), and the New England NCAA qualifer.
In 2010 the Ephs had a successful season as usual finishing 18th out of 32 at the NCAA championships. Williams dominated in the Little Three, coming in first again (23rd straight), while also finishing 8th out of 47 at the New England Championships. Coming up short at the NESCAC's to Middlebury gave the Ephs a reality check which helped them prepare for the ECAC Championship where they came in first out 50.
The 2011 season saw Williams end at the NCAA's finishing sixth ahead of fellow NESCAC foes Middlebury and Tufts. The Ephs top runner Chris Lee (SO) came in 38th. For the 24th consecutive season Williams won the Little Three title with a phenomenal performance from Josephat Koima finishing first overall. At the ECAC championship for the seventh consecutive season Williams finished first, which set them up for the Div. III New England's where they won once again. Breakout sophomore Chris Lee came in seventh place overall to lead the Ephs.
The 2012 Ephs finished fourth at the NCAA Regionals and then went on to post a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championships, where junior Chris Lee secured All-America honors with his 18th place finish.