WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On a chilly November morning, the Ephs' took on the spectacular 6k NCAA DIII New England course on Bowdoin College's campus. All of New England's top teams, including those who the Ephs faced off against at NESCACs, met in Brunswick for fast running and fierce competition.
In the end, MIT won the meet with 87 points. They were followed by Middlebury who took 2nd with 108 points. The Williams College Ephs, finished only 7 points behind the Middlebury Panthers, placing 3rd with a score of 115. it was a huge improvement from both NESCACs and the season in general. Head Coach Pete Farwell remarked that both MIT and Middlebury were strong competitors, and he noted that he was impressed that the Ephs scored so closely to these top teams in the country.
Kaitlyn Mooney, a sophomore from Coast Guard, won the 6k race in a time of 20:43. Junior Emma Herrmann was the first Eph to finish, taking 13th with a time of 22:20. Senior captain Emily Harris placed 19th with a time of 22:28, and junior Audrey Rustad followed just behind in 20th with a time of 22:29 to round out the top 20.
Sophomore Sarah Tully moved up throughout the race to finish 26th, running a time of 22:37. Head Coach Pete Farwell was particularly impressed with Tully's finish. He remarked that "even after she lost a shoe and put it back on, she was able to race incredibly well." First-year Grace Dailey followed behind soon after and ran 22:51 for 37th place. Soon after, sophomore Jaylan Fraser-Mines finished at 22:59 for 41st place. Sophomore Erica Barrett finished in 92nd, wrapping up the Ephs top 7 and running 23:48. The Ephs showed their depth, as the time difference between runners 1 and 5 was a mere 30 seconds, a small spread which indicates how close the pack was. Head Coach Pete Farwell remarked that the team as a whole "worked splendidly well together this year. I'm excited to continue to see this team's progression finishing. The Williams College Ephs will find out on November 11 if they are to receive one of 16 additional bids. The top two teams automatically advance to finals.
The Ephs will make their way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the 2018 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships on November 17. There, they will battle not only top NESCAC teams but competition from across the country.