Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography
BRUNSWICK, ME—Within a minute or so of MIT's Izzi Gengaro's individual victory at the NCAA New England Regional Championships, all 7 Ephs had crossed the line, a blur of purple and gold cow print. Shortly thereafter, the results became clear—the Ephs had carried the day.
Williams entered the meet as the second ranked team in New England, facing a number of excellent teams, including MIT and Tufts. Williams ultimately emerged victorious, scoring 64 points to MIT's 84 and Tufts' 156. This victory, as is often the case with Williams Cross-Country, can be attributed to Williams' depth and a number of hard-fought, exceptional, individual performances. With this performance, the Ephs have earned an automatic qualification for the NCAA DIII Championship.
After exchanging the lead various times with Tufts' Danielle Page, Colby's Sophia Gorman, and Tufts' Sabrina Gornisiewicz, Gengaro ultimately emerged with the victory, running 21:19 on Bowdoin's snowy course.
A trio of Ephs finished shortly after the lead pack. First-year Eva Borton was first in for the Ephs, earning 8th place with a time of 21:39. In addition to being a top-ten finisher, Borton was the top first-year in the region. Junior Sarah Tully was right behind her after the pair worked together throughout the race. Tully ran 21:43 for 9th place, improving dramatically on her 26th place finish at the 2018 New England Championship. Junior Brianna Bourne was just two seconds behind Tully for 10th, in a time of 21:45. Bourne had a massive kick in what head coach Pete Farwell described as her "best cross-country race ever."
Senior Anna Passannante was the 4th finisher in for the Ephs, earning a tremendous 16th place in 21:59. Senior Maddy Boutet rounded out the scorers for the Ephs, coming in 21st place in 22:06 Borton, Tully, Bourne, Passnnante, and Boutet all earned All-Region Honors.
Senior co-captain Emma Herrmann was Williams' 6th finisher, coming in 36th in 22:32. Herrmann has been a consistent performer all season and continues to lead her team towards solid pack running.
Sophomore Grace Dailey rounded out the squad for the Ephs, coming in 47th in 22:43.
Said Farwell, "The women ran really well. It was a great team effort and winning this meet is really something special. We're really excited going into next week."
The Ephs will hit the course for the final time this year on Saturday, November 23rd, at the NCAA Championship, which will be held in Louisville, KY.