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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Williams Women's XC is heading halfway across the country this weekend to race at the 2018 NCAA D3 XC Championships. The race is being hosted by UW-Oshkosh and will be held at the Lake Breeze Golf Club. The race will start at 11:15 AM CST. The last time NCAAs were held in Oshkosh was in 2015, when the Ephs won the meet.
Heading into this year's race, the Ephs are ranked 8th. Johns Hopkins will head into the race as the favorite, having won 5 out of the last 6 years. Washington University in St. Louis, SUNY Geneseo, and MIT are also top contenders.
The Ephs will be represented by 7 athletes who have been training for this day for months. Co-Captains Emily Harris and Lindsay Klickstein will both be racing this weekend for Williams. Harris raced at NCAAs last year, placing in 207th. Whereas she was the 7th runner last year, she will be at the top of the pack for the Ephs this year, thanks to consistent, smart training. Klickstein will be racing at her first NCAAs, capping off a season of tremendous improvement, fueled by passion and grit. Junior Emma Herrmann returns to NCAAs after missing the 2017 season with injuries. She has come back this season stronger than ever and has lead the Ephs in every race. Junior Audrey Rustad was a 2017 All-American, coming in 37th place. She will look to match or improve on that finish this year.
Sophomores Sarah Tully and Jaylan Fraser-Mines will both be competing at their first NCAAs after breakout seasons. Tully has been in the top 5 consistently and has finished closer and closer to the top three Williams runners (Harris, Herrmann, and Rustad) every race. Fraser-Mines burst into the top group this year and has consistently raced smart and tough. Grace Dailey is the lone first-year heading to Oshkosh. Her hard work and positive attitude have helped her towards consistent finishes in the top 5 for the Ephs.
Said Assistant Coach Jamie Norton, "We've built a lot of positive momentum over the past few weeks, I think it's safe to say that we had our best race of the season at regionals, so we're feeling ready to carry that fitness into this weekend. We're healthy, fit, strong, and confident - not much more anyone could ask for heading into the championship race!"