LINCROFT, NJ—Williams Women's XC took to the course for the first time this season at the Monmouth University XC Kick Off. The Ephs arose early on a beautiful early fall morning in New Jersey for a 4 Kilometer race that included Division I Competition. First-years and veterans alike returned to the cross-country course for the first time since November, shaking off the rust and enjoying a day with teammates.
The day began with the junior and senior women. In classic Williams style, the veteran women ran mainly in packs. Anna Passannante '20 finished first for the Ephs, taking 2nd place with a time of 14:52. Not far behind was a large pack of athletes. Brianna Bourne '21, Maddy Boutet '20, Sarah Tully '21 and Emma Herrmann took the 8th through 11th slots, running times between 15:08 and 15:12.
Erica Barrett '21 and Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 earned the 18th and 19th slots with times of 15:33 and 15:38 respectively, followed by Caroline Galo '21 in 22nd with a time of 16:01. Hannah Lebowitz '20 (17:02), Julia Gunther '20 (17:30), and Wyndom Chace '21 (17:33) rounded out the field of Ephs. The junior and senior women earned 2nd place behind St. Joseph's University.
The Freshman/Sophomore race was notable for veteran-quality performances from First-Year athletes and impressive returns from the sophomore women. Eva Borton '23 took 2nd with a time of 15:00, kicking off her Williams career in style. Not far behind was another textbook example of Williams pack running. Grace Dailey '22 led the pack, earning 4th with a time of 15:33, followed by Alex Bettez '23 (15:39), Maddy Lawler '23 (15:40), Sarah Jane O'Connor '22 (15:47), and Sarah Lyell (15:48), all of whom finished in the top 11.
Lilly Wells '22 finished close behind the mass of cow-print jerseys in 14th with a time of 16:03, with Maria Tews '23 crossing the line shortly thereafter. Emma Tapscott '22 (16:20), Hazel Richards '23 (16:30), Lauren Fossel (16:53), and Tori Saltz (22:29) were soon to follow. The first-year and sophomore women also earned 2nd place, behind Monmouth University.
Said Assistant Coach Dusty Lopez, "I was pretty pleased to see how well our groups worked together, even though it was the first race of the season. People paced their races very effectively. It was an encouraging sign as we begin the more traditional meets in our season."
The Ephs return to the course on Saturday for the Little Three Championship hosted by Wesleyan University.