WATERFORD, Conn.--Second ranked Williams College placed four of its runners among the top 10 en route to a decisive victory at the NCAA Division III New England Region Cross Country Championship at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Conn. Saturday.
The Ephs scored 44 points at the Championship. Fifth ranked Tufts University scored 107 points to hold off NESCAC rival Middlebury College in a second place showing.
Williams and Tufts 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.
Junior Maryann Gong from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology posted a time of 21:36 on the 6k course to win the individual championship.
Connecticut College junior Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. posted a time of 21:51 to place seventh in the field of 390 harriers. Curran earned All-New England honors for finishing in the top 35. She will be making her second straight appearance at the NCAA Championship next weekend.
The Camels placed 10th in the 60 team field with a score of 296 points.
Sophomore Alex Fromme (Carlsbad, Calif.) placed 37th in the field with a time of 22:30. Senior Emily Winter (Easton, Conn.) complete the course in 23 minutes flat in a 59th place showing. In her first race of the season, junior Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) sparked the Camels with a 72nd place run in 23:11.
Senior Nicole Adam (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Grace Sheeran (Medina, Wash.) finished in 122nd and 123rd place with times of 23:56 and 23:58. Junior Sabina Flandrick (Boulder, Colo.) was the seventh Camel to complete the course in 24:16.
Complete results are available at the following link: