WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday, November 5, at Mount Greylock Regional Middle School in Williamstown, Mass. In front of a crowd of over 1,000 people on a bright and clear but chilly afternoon, nearly 100 institutions and 600 student-athletes from colleges all over the Norheast came to Saturday’s event, which was hosted by Williams College and the ECAC.
Middlebury College won the Women’s Championship with a final team score of 25, while the Williams College won the Men’s Championship with a final team score of 44. Middlebury senior Clair Mcllvennie won the women’s championship with an individual time of 22:34 and New England College sophomore Antoine Gisore won the men’s championship with a time of 26:10.
In the Women’s six-kilometer race, Mcllvennie was one of the four Middlebury runners that finished in the top five. Senior Hannah Meier finished second with a time of 22: 41, sophomore Katie Rominger finished fourth with a time of 22:53 and fellow sophomore Emily Attwood finished fifth with a time of 23:09. William Smith junior Emily D’Addario was the only non-Middlebury runner to finish in the top five, finishing third with a time of 22:41.
Williams College finished second in the women’s team competition with 40 points, as sophomore Kaleigh Kenny led the pack, finishing sixth with a time of 23:11. The top five Williams runners finished sixth through tenth overall. Tufts University finished third, recording a score of 162. Colby and Amherst finished fourth and fifth with 175 and 190 points respectively.
In the men’s eight-kilometer race, Gisore finished the race with an average time of 5:15 per mile. Williams won the Team Championship with senior Mark Springel leading the Ephs, finishing third overall with a time of 26:24. Williams placed three runners in the top five, as senior Ford Smith finished with a time of 26:33 and junior Scott Rodilitz finished fifth with a time of 26:34.
Tufts finished the team competition in second with 77 points, as two Jumbo runners finished in the top ten. Junior Sam Haney finished seventh with a time of 26;40. Middlebury junior Patrick Hebble finished in second place with 26:20 to lead the Panthers, who finished third with 102 points. Bates College finished in fourth place with 137 points and Keene State finished in fifth with 172 points.