No. 7 Williams takes first in home meet ahead of higher-ranked foes
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- At this year's Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams, 21 teams competed, including three of the USTFCCCA top 10 teams. Middlebury's Addie Tousley won the 6k in 21:50, leading her team to a third place finish (87 pts). Williams took the title defeating No. 1 MIT, 78pts to 8 3pts.
Teams like Oberlin and Ohio Northern traveled almost 600 miles to compete, making this years' Classic also one of the most geographically diverse.
The varsity 6k shaped up to be a close individual and team competition. Four of the top nine nationally-ranked individuals competed, including Amherst's Keri Lambert, who won last year's competition, and Middlebury's Addie Tousley, who was runner up. After Lambert led for most of the race, Tousley out-kicked her in the final 200m for the individual title. Lambert was just 5 seconds behind in 21:55, which is still 5 seconds faster than her winning time last year. Alison Steinbrunner from Ohio Northern took third individually in 22:12.
Williams top finishers were junior Brianne Mirecki and sophomore Adrienne Strait who both crossed the line in 22:54, for 10th and eleventh respectively. Sophomore Amelia Ortiz was third for the team in 15th (23:03), followed by Junior Kaleigh Kenny just one second behind in 16th (23:04). Rounding out the scoring was junior Shayna Barbash in 26th place (23:22). The team race was tight this year with the top three teams all coming within nine points of each other.
"Overall, I think the team executed the race plan well, holding back a little in this early season meet and taking advantage of pack running," head coach Pete Farwell said.