Williams takes fifth team title in a row at Little Three Championship
AMHERST, Mass. -- Williams took first place in the Little Three Championship hosted by Amherst. The win extended the Ephs' current win streak in the Little Three race to five.
The meet between Williams, No. 21 Amherst and No. 28 Wesleyan, is a historically competitive race. Keri Lambert of Amherst won the race in 18:21. Second overall and Williams' top finisher was Allison Smith in 19:20.
Amherst had a clear race strategy of sending Lambert out at what Williams' assistant coach Lance Harden called, "a suicidal 5:07/mile pace" to try to lure Williams' top pack into going out too fast. The Williams runners didn't succumb to the strategy and ran their own patient and strategic race.
The success of the team's pack running strategy was evident in the results. Only one non-Williams runner finished in between the teams scoring pack. Williams' took 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th overall. After Smith, junior Kaleigh Kenny and sophomore Adrienne Strait crossed the line in times of 19:14 and 19:15, respectively. Junior co-captain Brianne Mirecki and sophomore Amelia Ortiz rounded out the scoring in times of 19:25 and 19:27. Leslie Blackshear '14 crossed the line just behind Ortiz in a matching time of 19:27. Co-captain Celeste Berg '13, despite an injury, finished seventh for the team in 19:47.
Williams won comfortably scoring 24 points. Amherst took second (45) in front of Wesleyan with 70 points.
After the race, head coach Pete Farwell said he was proud to see the team firing on all cylinders. He was particularly pleased that the women were healthy despite rigorous training and is looking forward to the upcoming championship season.