Boston, MA—With cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 50s, the weather was perfect for racing at Franklin Park in Boston on Sunday. 11 Ephs took to the historic course to compete against club runners of all ages.
Although Williams was not scored in the official results, the Ephs competed well with the top New England club runners. As the top group rests for NCAA Regionals, the athletes who raced today were finishing off their season. As a result, the women raced hard and finished strong.
The Ephs were led by senior Eliza Matt, who is capping off a fantastic final season of cross-country. With much hard work, Matt has improved substantially, finishing today in 37th with a time of 23:19. Close behind was junior Tyra Wynn, who ran 23:26, for 38th place.
The next three Ephs raced in a close pack, working together for PRs all around. First-year Brianna Bourne took 45th with a time of 23:54, in only her second ever 6k race. Sophomore Janelle Gowgiel ran 23:54 for 48th place. In just her first season of cross-country, Gowgiel has had great success and improved over the course of the season. First-year Jaylan Fraser-Mines ran 23:58 for 49th in her debut 6k.
Rounding out the top 7 for the day were first-year Sarah Tully and senior Katie Flaharty. Tully, battling through bronchitis ran 23:52 and earned 56th place. Flaharty, finishing a fantastic senior season, ran 25:37 for 65th place. The next Williams runners also demonstrated excellent packing. Sophomores Hannah Lebowitz and Adrienne Banks raced together through the second half of the race, pushing each other to times of 25:52 and 25:53 respectively. Sophomore Julia Gunther and first-year Wyndom Chace finished close behind. Gunther finished in 26:01, while Chace ran 26:09 in her debut 6k.
Said Head Coach Pete Farwell, "it was a super culmination of their season for most of the group, and spirits were high."
The Ephs will return to competition next weekend for Regionals as they look to punch their ticket to Nationals. The race will be held at Southern Maine University next Saturday.