WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On a cool, cloudy Saturday in September, 13 teams travelled from as far as Ohio to run in the annual Purple Valley Classic. The athletes raced through mud and over hills on the Mt. Greylock Regional High School course, which is beautiful, as well as challenging.
In the Women's 6k, MIT took first place with a score of 67 and two individuals placing in the top 5. The Ephs took second with a score of 81, while Tufts took third with a score of 114. The overall top finisher was Tufts senior Natalie Bettez, who ran an excellent time of 22:06.
As is typical with Head Coach Pete Farwell's teams, the Ephs ran together in strong packs from the top to the bottom of the team. Junior Emma Herrmann was first for the Ephs in 7th, with a time of 23:08. She was closely followed by senior co-captain Emily Harris, who took 8th with 23:12 and Audrey Rustad, who took 13th with 23:19. Said Farwell, "When our three girls got together like that after the beginning and worked together, that's the pack we want." Next, sophomore Sarah Tully ran a really strong race for 25th with a time of 23:43. Fellow sophomores Erica Barrett and Jaylan Fraser-Mines finished close behind with times of 23:48 and 23:57 for 28th and 32nd, respectively. Farwell was very pleased with the sophomore trio saying, "That group came on really strong at the end and moved up a lot of places. " Shortly thereafter, sophomore Brianna Bourne rounded out the top 7 in 24:14, for 42nd. Sophomore Caroline Galo (24:37), senior co-captain Lindsay Klickstein (24:51), junior Janelle Gowgiel (24:53), and junior Hannah Lebowitz (25:52) rounded out the 6k field for the Ephs, running really strong races in excellent packs. Overall, Farwell was very pleased, saying that "to come in 2nd at this meet is really good. We've been working hard and people still found their legs on a tough course." Farwell was especially pleased with the performance given the strength of the competition.
Earlier in the day, some of the Eph women raced in the 5k. The first-years showed their strength, winning the 5k and taking three of the top 5 places. Said Farwell, we have a really neat group of first-years." Grace Dailey won the race in an excellent time of 20:04. Close behind her were Lilly Wells and Abby Scott, who took 3rd and 4th, with times of 20:16 and 20:32, respectively. First-years Sarah Jane O'Connor, Lauren Fossel and junior Adrienne Banks worked together well to finish 11th, 12th, and 17th, with times of 21:20, 21:22, and 21:34. Next came first-year Emma Tapscott in 21:59 and then sophomore Wyndom Chace in 22:23. Junior Julia Gunther (22:46), first-year Tori Saltz (22:54), first-year Avivah Malin (23:19), and sophomore Elizabeth Bigham (23:21) rounded out the field in the 5k.
The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday at the Saratoga Invitational, hosted by RPI.