MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Williams men’s cross country team claimed its third consecutive NESCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship and the Eph women’s cross country team won its first NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Championship since 2012 on Saturday in races held at Wesleyan University.
The Williams women placed five runners in the top ten to garner their 12th overall title after recording 30 points. Lacey Serletti, Hannah Cole and Victoria Kingham crossed the finish line third (21:56), fourth (22:00) and fifth (22:05), respectively. Anna Harleen (22:09) and Emily Sundquist (22:15) helped the Ephs run away from the pack after finishing in the top ten as well.
Tufts took second place in the team standings with 66 points followed by Middlebury in third (92), Amherst in fourth (113) and Bates in fifth (193). Amherst’s Lizzie Lacy won the women’s race with a time of 21:49, which was six seconds faster than Abigail Nadler (21:55) of Middlebury.
On the men’s side, Williams had four harriers finish in the top ten, including Bijan Mazaheri, who finished second with a time of 24:50. He was joined by Ben Decker, Peter Hale and Griffin Colaizzi, who placed fourth (25:07), seventh (25:19) and ninth (25:26), respectively, as the Ephs recorded 36 points. This is Williams' 16th overall NESCAC title.
Mohamed Hussein of Amherst remained unbeaten against Division III competition this season after clocking a time of 24:44. Teammate Dan Crowley finished third (25:02), while Tim Nichols of Tufts rounded out the top five (25:09). Hussein and Crowley helped the Jeffs place second with 61 points. Tufts was third with 99 points, while Hamilton and Middlebury were fourth and fifth, respectively, with 144 and 147 points.
Photos - Frank Poulin Photography