LOUSVILLE, KY—It was a rainy day in Louisville, save for a few hours while hundreds of athletes took to the course for NCAA Division 3 Championship race. Although the rain let up during the races, it certainly left its mark on the course. The course at E. P. "Tom" Sawyer course was muddy to begin with, but particularly so when the women took their place on the start line, after hundreds of men in spikes had torn through the mud.
Despite challenging conditions, athletes from around the country competed hard over the 6k distance. Ultimately, perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins University prevailed, winning the meet with a score of 125. Washington University in St. Louis was second in 138 points. Williams was the third place team with a score of 168.
Individually, Hannan Parley of Ithaca won the race by a wide margin, completing the distance in 20:53. The first finisher for the Ephs was first-year Eva Borton, competing in her first national championship. With big energy, Borton seemed unfazed by the bigger stage, finishing in 21:56 for 22nd. Borton worked alongside her teammate, junior Sarah Tully, for much of the race. Tully finished in 29th with a time of 22:03. Both Borton and Tully earned All-American honors for the first time.
Senior Anna Passannante was the third finisher for the Ephs, racing hard for a 54th place finish in 22:23. Junior Brianna Bourne passed other runners throughout the race, finishing in 22:35 for 66th. Senior Maddy Boutet was the 5th scorer for the Ephs, finishing in 22:37 for 73rd place. Boutet ran in a pack with Bourne and senior co-captain Emma Herrmann who came in 98th in a time of 22:52. Junior Abby Scott rounded out the squad for the Ephs, running 23:21 for 170th.
The Ephs' depth was the key to their success all season, but particularly so at Nationals, where there are so many fast athletes. While many other teams had one or two runners in the top 10-15 and the remaining 3 scorers farther back, the Ephs place all of their scorers in the top 75, contributing to their excellent finish.
Cheering on the runners were 45 cow-print-clad spectators who had driven out from Williamstown to support their teammates. Various alumni also turned out to support the Ephs.
Said Head Coach Pete Farwell, "It was a wonderful race to watch. We were excited. We had great pack running and working together. People moved up well through the second half of the race. Everyone moved up throughout the last 2/3rd of the race. It was really great. All of them had really great kicks down the last 1000 meters. Before the race, we discussed our plan to get 5 runners in with such good positioning and we executed it. It was a great way to cap off the whole season."