MIDDLETOWN, CT -- As they have for many years, Williams, Amherst and Wesleyan met up for another running of the Little 3 Championship. This year's meet was held at met at Wesleyan University under cloudy skies for a 4-kilometer race. For the 12th straight year the Ephs captured the title, showing off both their strength at the front of the pack and their depth. The Ephs scored 24 points, followed by Wesleyan with 48 and Amherst with 60.
Wesleyan Junior Rebecca Anido-Lopez took the individual title, running sub-6 minute pace ito finish in a time of 14:53. Junior Sarah Tully led the Ephs through the finish line, capturing 2nd place in a time of 15:08. Tully and other top Eph athletes ran in a strong pack, capturing 5 of the top 10 spots. First-year Eva Borton earned 3rd in a time of 15:11, followed by senior co-captain Emma Herrmann and junior Brianna Bourne in 5th and 6th with times of 15:20 and 15:25 respectively. Senior Maddy Boutet, running in just her first season of collegiate cross-country, fought through illness to take 8th place in a time of 15:26.
The subsequent 30 seconds saw a herd of purple cows cross the finish line with very strong performances. First-year Sarah Lyell, sophomore Grace Dailey, first-year Alex Bettez, sophomore Sarah Jane O'Connor, junior Erica Barrett, sophomore Lilliana Wells, senior Leah Rosenfeld, and junior Jaylan Fraser-Mines all finished around or at 16 minutes, earning spots in the top 25. The depth of the Ephs was on full display and it did not stop there. First-years Maddy Lawler and Maria Tews, as well as senior Carmen Bango were close behind in times of 16:10, 16:14, and 16:20, respectively. This race was Bango's joyous and successful return to cross-country racing after multiple missed seasons due to injury.
Sophomore Emma Tapscott and first-year Hazel Richards worked together, coming through the lines with times of 16:46 and 16:54. Junior Elizabeth Bigham, senior Hannah Lebowitz, sophomore Avivah Malin, senior Julia Gunther, and sophomore Tori Saltz also worked off of each other, demonstrating Williams' pack running, team spirit, and work ethic from the front of the herd to the back.
Eph head coach Pete Farwell was pleased with his squad's result. "We had good packing and everybody was kind of in touch," stated Farwell. "It is great to see the first-years and sophomores up there with the juniors and seniors in that large pack, building energy together. Overall, this was a good win against strong teams. It is great to see some of the first-years coming in and contributing and a number of people much improved from last year."
The Ephs return to the racing on September 28th at their home course at Mt. Greylock Regional School for the Purple Valley Classic. The women's 6k will go off at 1:00 p.m.