As with every year, the hallmark of this team is its depth. In the 2018 national championship, the Ephs boasted a 33 second spread between their first and last finisher, the smallest gap of any team competing in that race. Led by co-captains Emma Herrmann ‘20 and Hannah Lebowitz ‘20, this year’s team will be led by a strong cadre of returners and younger runners who are ready to step up into bigger roles. Said head coach Pete Farwell, “Herrmann and Lebowitz have already made their mark on the team as co-captains with special communications, planning and innovations to stimulate, motivate, and bring together the team in one unit. They are also building upon some of the steps forward that last year's exceptional captains, Emily Harris and Lindsay Klickstein, created.”
After missing her sophomore season due to injuries, Herrmann had a strong junior year, including a 46th place finish at NCAA XC Nationals. She will be a strong force at the front of the pack for the Ephs. Other top returners from the 2018 squad include Sarah Tully ’21 (108th at NCAAs), Grace Dailey ‘22 (114th) and Jaylan Fraser-Mines (226th). Senior Anna Passannante is also an athlete to watch. After spending the 2018 fall abroad, she returned to Williams and earned second-place finishes in the 1500 and 800 meters at Division III Indoor Track & Field Nationals.
The returners will be joined by seven first-years from all over the country.
Led by Head Coach Pete Farwell and assistant coaches Dusty Lopez and Jamie Norton, this squad is expected to be among the top teams in the region and the nation. The NCAA Preseason Coaches Poll ranks the Ephs 1st in the New England Region and 4th overall. On the regional level, the Ephs will be challenged by many strong teams, including MIT, Tufts, Middlebury, and Wesleyan. Nationally, top contenders include Washington University in St. Louis, Johns Hopkins University, and UW-Eau Claire. Farwell is optimistic about this year’s squad, saying, “The team will be a contender in all our competitions this fall, especially the November NESCAC, Regional, and National Meets. “
The Ephs will be home Saturday, September 28th for the Purple Valley Classic, and then will host the conference championship meet Saturday, November 2nd.
Women’s Cross Country will open their season at the Monmouth Invitational in New Jersey on September 7th.