Cross Country Country finishes strong at ECACs

Looking to bounce back from their eighth-place finish at the NESCAC championships, Men’s Cross Country headed to Williamstown on Saturday to compete in the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship. Despite the Mule’s top runners, including Maine State Champion and All-NESCAC honoree Silas Eastman ’17, sidelined in preparation for the New England Division III Championships on the 14th, the Mules still looked to have a strong outing. With a score of 145 and Tom Barry placing 13th, Colby finished fourth for the second year in a row. Alongside Barry, who earned All-ECAC honors with a time of 27:7.77 over the 8-km course, Chase Brown ’16 finished 27th (27:39.71) and Tom O’Shea ’17, Andrew Estrada ’16 and Noah Barreto ’19 all placed in the top 40. Showcasing their depth, Amherst, the winners of the NESCAC championship last weekend, continued their successful season with a score of 53 and subsequently winning the ECAC championship. Williams and Middlebury placed in between the champions and fourth place Colby.

Although the top Colby Women’s Cross Country runners remained inactive as well, they still looked to have a strong showing against the 46 other teams. Mackenzie Hitchcock ’16, with a time 24:26.03 over a 6km course, led the barren of Mules to another ninth place finish with a score of 312. Adrienne Carmack ’18 clocked a time of 24:38.62 (44th) whilst Mahal Alvarez-Backus ’19, Elizabeth Holland ’19 and Margo Buys ’19 placed sub 100th. With an impressive score of 45, Tufts narrowly beat out the University of New England (63) to win the ECAC championship.

Although a fourth and ninth place finish are respectable accomplishments, the Mules now look ahead to arguably the two most season-defining meets of the season: the New England Div III Championships at Waterford, Conn on November 14 and the Nationals at Winneconne, WI on November 21. The Mules are on their final lap of the season, and hoping to make it a successful one.

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