Courtesy of Colby Sports Information
WATERVILLE, Maine - The Williams cross country teams both repeated as NESCAC Champions by decisive margins at the conference meet hosted by Colby College at Quarry Road Trails on Saturday.
The Williams men won the league meet for the ninth time in the past 11 years, including the last four championships. The Eph women won their fourth title in the last six years.
Tim Nichols of Tufts was the men's winner with a time of 24:58.79 over the 8-kilometer course. Nichols started our fast and never let up in winning by more than 31 seconds. Jumbo teammate Luke O'Connor was second in 25:29.80 and Colb's David Chelimo took third place in 25:33.94. The top three runners pulled away from the pack early, with Nichols steadily pulling away from O'Connor and Chelimo over the final stretch of the race.
James Jones, a first-year from Bates, was fourth in 26:03.61. Amherst's Mohamed Hussein, the defending champion, took fifth in 26:04.54.
Middlebury's Abigail Nadler also had an easy victory in the women's race, clocking a winning time of 22:33.77 over the 6K course. She won by nearly 20 seconds.
Natalie Bettez of Tufts was runner-up in 22:52.53, while Amherst's Katherine Treanor took third with a 22:53.45. Williams had the next two runners, with first-year Carmen Bango taking fourth in 22:56.31 and Anna Harleen with a fifth in 23:05.15.