NEW ORLEANS – Peter Farwell's Williams College women's cross country team has landed four runners on the All-Region team honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USFCCCA).
Farwell's Eph women's team placed third at the recent NCAA New England Regional Qualifier held at Bowdoin College on November 10. The third pace finish at Bowdoin secured the Ephs an at-large berth in the NCAA Championship race this Saturday in Oshkpsh, Wisc.
To earn All-Region honors a runner must finish in the top 35 at the NCAA regional qualifying race.
"Emily is an amazing leader in many dimensions: in workouts, races, and team dynamics and spirit," stated Farwell. "This year she committed to the summer training plan, taking herself to a whole new level, which has churned out high finishes in all our meets, and this is her first All-Region honor in her cross country career. She gets out well, holds pace and place, and digs deep to the tape. She is one of the most improved runners, over four years, that we have seen here at Williams, and is ready with her consistency and positive attitude to continue that path on Saturday."
"It has been great to see Emma bounce back after missing the fall season last year," said Eph assistant coach Dusty Lopez. "She has always been one of our steadiest, most dedicated trainers, and she worked very hard to come back from injury. This year we have really depended on her consistent performance in workouts and races. She's had some really good success already, developed confidence, and gained valuable experience competing in national-caliber fields. It's very exciting to see where her continued improvement can lead."
"Audrey has really been a critical person in our lineup this year," added Lopez. "When she's feeling good and running well, the team goes to another level. It's been tremendous for the group to have her lined up and competing at her best as we've hit the postseason. It's not always easy to persevere through the ups and downs of a season, but Audrey has made great strides in this, and continues to improve. She's quite a talent and has proven that she can handle NCAA competition. Her experience in that respect has been very valuable."
"Sarah has been a critical component of our women's team this season," said Eph assistant coach Jamie Norton. "We had a small returning group, which left room (or perhaps a need) for someone to step up to a new level, and Sarah has filled that void tremendously well. She's developed trust and confidence in her training and racing plans, despite some injury history, and that consistency has been a huge part of her growth as a runner. Sarah brings a positive fun attitude to practice every day, and we can't wait to see her continue to improve over the rest of her college career."
When the Ephs toe the starting line on Saturday they will be ranked seventh in the latest national coaches poll. Last Fall Farwell's women's team came in eighth at the NCAA Championship meet.