WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—This Saturday, Williams women's cross country will be hosting 27 visiting women's teams on their home course at Mt. Greylock High School for the annual Purple Valley Classic. With 5 of the top 10 Division III teams attending, in addition to other regionally ranked teams, the race is sure to be competitive.
The Ephs, who are currently ranked 4th in NCAA DIII will be joined by MIT (3rd NCAA), Geneseo (5th NCAA), Ithaca (7th NCAA) and Middlebury (8th NCAA). Regionally ranked NESCAC rivals Tufts (5th New England Region), Amherst (9th New England Region). and Hamilton (9th Atlantic Region) will also be competing this weekend. Other well-ranked contenders include RPI (12th NCAA), Dickinson (16th NCAA), St. Lawrence (17th NCAA), and McGill University, which is one of the top Canadian teams.
Head coach Pete Farwell is excited to see his squad compete with such a strong field, which he said is "perhaps the strongest ever for this meet." Although the Ephs will face many excellent runners, he looks forward to seeing how his athletes perform, nothing that "the varsity is well-prepared for the 6k distance and knows the course well and how to pace the race. We'll see where we're at, in the midst of high level training."
The 2017 Purple Valley Classic will differ from past years, due to construction at Mt. Greylock High School. Although the start and finish has changed, it remains "a good, fair, challenging course of 'true cross country,'" according to Farwell.
The Women's Varsity 6k will begin at 1:00 PM.
11:30 AM: Coed JV 5k
12:10 PM: Men's Varsity 8k
1:00 PM: Women's Varsity 6k
Important Information for Spectators:
Due to construction at the site of the races at Mt. Greylock HS, fans are encouraged to park at Margaret Lindley Park or the Taconic Park Restaurant, where a shuttle bus will take folks to and from the race site.
Both of these parking locations are on opposite sides of the intersection of Route 7 and Route 2 west. Entrance to both parking areas is from Route 7, either from the north or south.
Going north past the high school on Route 7 these two parking areas are about one mile further down Route 7. Coming from Williamstown the parking areas are about 3 miles from the rotary and a mile before reaching the high school.
Click here for a map of Route 7 with the high school and Margaret Lindley Park noted: