WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On a rainy, windy, cold October morning, the Ephs' took on the spectacular yet muddy course at Franklin Park in Boston. Despite the mud, rain and slick hills, the Ephs were looking to have a fantastic race despite the conditions, which were set to worsen as the day progressed. With plenty of layers and smiles for the NESCAC championship, the women set off to race a strong field of other NESCAC runners.
In the end, Middlebury won the race with 43 points. They were followed by the Williams Ephs, who took 2nd with 73 points. Wesleyan, who had finished closely behind the Ephs, earlier in the season, finished 3rd with 84 points.
Sophia Gorman, a sophomore from Colby, won the 6k race in a time of 21:54. Junior Emma Herrmann was the first Eph to finish, taking 6th a time of 22:47. Senior captain Emily Harris placed 9th for a time of 23:03, and junior Audrey Rustad followed right behind in 10th for a time of 23:05 to round out the top 10. Head Coach Pete Farwell is very happy at the improvements and finishes of these first three runners, who have been consistent in their placings for the team. Sophomore Sarah Tully moved up throughout the race to finish 20th, running a time of 23:18. First-year Grace Dailey followed behind soon after and ran 23:37 for 28th place. Senior captain Lindsay Klickstein kicked in at 23:52 to finish 35th. Head Coach Pete Farwell was incredibly happy with Klickstein's performance, saying that this was "her best race ever. She ran inspired all the way." Sophomore Erica Barrett finished soon after, and rounded out the Eph's top seven, finishing 47th at 24:05.
Sophomores Jaylan Fraser-Mines and Caroline Galo, who finished soon after Barrett, placed 49th and 59th for times of 24:06 and 24:19 respectively. Junior Janelle Gowgiel followed soon after, placing 65th with a time of 24:26. First-year Abby Scott kicked in a mere 10 seconds later, finishing at a time of 24:36 for 70th. Head Coach Pete Farwell stated that "this next pack showed the team depth, which out-scored the rest of the league" in terms of packs of similar size and speed.
Soon after, first-year Sarah Jane O'Connor and sophomore Brianna Bourne joined their teammates at the finish line, running 24:45 and 25:10 respectively. First-year Lauren Fossel came in at 25:20, and junior Hannah Lebowitz rounded out the Eph's lineup at a time of 25:36.
The depth of the women's cross-country team was demonstrated in this race, not only in the way that they conquered tough conditions, but also in that 7 of the 15 runners ran within one minute of each other. Head Coach Pete Farwell remarked that "the team is getting better every week, and looks to make the most of its season over the next 2 and possibly 3 weeks."
The Ephs will return to challenge the Franklin Park course again for the USATF New England's on November 4th. Women's XC will also advance to NCAA DIII New England Regionals, which will be held at Bowdoin College on November 10.