WATERFORD, Conn.--Second ranked Williams College placed three of its runners among the top five to win the NCAA Division III New England Region Cross Country Championship at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Conn. Saturday.
The Ephs scored 67 points to hold off longtime rival Amherst College by just one point (68). Amherst and Williams College have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship that will take place next Saturday at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will serve as the host institution for the national championship.
In addition to the automatically qualifying teams, another sixteen at-large teams will be selected to the field. Once the championship field of 32 teams is established, the top seven individual finishers from each region who are not members of the qualifying teams will also earn invitations to the national meet.
Amherst College sophomore Mohammed Hussein posted a time of 24:39 to win the individual championship.
Connecticut College senior Niall Williams of Scotia, N.Y. posted a time of 25:35 to lead the Camels on their home course in 31st place. Williams earned All-New England honors for placing in the top 35.
The Camels placed ninth in the 58 team field with a score of 273 points. It was the highest finish for the program since 2012.
Sophomore Connor Trapp (Wilmette, Ill.) finished in 48th place for the Camels with a time of 25:51. Freshman Kyle Hawk (Napa, Calif.) checked in with a time of 25:52 to place 51st in the field. Classmate Price Day (Harvard, Mass.) was next for the Camels in 63rd place with a time of 25:59.
Junior Ben Bosworth (Dorchester, Mass.) completed the course in 26:11 to place 80th in the field. Jordan Comeau (Winchendon, Mass.) and Zander Mintz (East Windsor, N.J.) finished in 113th and 114th place with respective times of 26:47 and 26:49.