October 13, 2012 at Amherst
Williams 23, AMHERST 46, Wesleyan 61
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Runner of the Meet - Dillon Buckley
An early morning frost turned into a beautiful day for the annual running of the Little Three Championships held right here at home. Construction and a new fence caused some slight adjustments to the course and the recent rains left the back stretch of the field loop a little soggy, but nothing took away from the competitiveness of the meet. With all three teams having great family representation for the tailgating afterwards, as well as a strong alumni presence, it proved to be a wonderful day all around. While the men had hoped to put an end to the impressive winning streak of Williams, it was the Ephs who again had the upper hand. The men in black got the race going quickly, and were determined to make it a 5 mile race rather than an easy opening couple of miles with a hard last 2 miles but despite their efforts at breaking things up, Williams would prevail as they put their Top 4 guys in front of our first guy, Greg Turissini who had led a lot of the race and would ultimately finish 6th in 26:23. KC Fussell ran his best race of the season this far, coming in 8th and looking like the beast that he was as a first year, and Andrew Erskine would come in hot on his heels in 9th place. Seniors Dillon Buckley and Patrick Grimes should a lot of spark as they finished 11th and 12th - Dillon with one of his best XC races, and Grimey finding that fire that will surely bolster the team as we proceed further into the season. Junior classmates Gus Greenstein, Charlie Reighard and Alva Morales would come in a few seconds later in 14th,16th and 17th, and while on the short end of the stick in the scoring the depth of the team was evident as our 8th runner was in before Williams seventh. Dan Crowley, for the 3rd meet in a row was the team's top first year harrier as he ran to a 27:39. Eli Howe has his best race of the season to come in 10th for the team while Adron Pitmon - having been out for the past 2 weeks with an injury and finding his land legs a little shaky - came in just after Eli. First year Jeff Seelaus continues to battle some breathing issues that have hindered his racing but still fought to a Top 35 finish, while classmates Brent Harrison and Scott Gemmell-Davis had real strong efforts in their first Little Three battle. Nick Codola, Alex Durkee and Cole Hawkins worked well together during the race and would ultimately finish in order to put a cap on the day. The men will focus on some quality training over the next 2 weeks as we prepare for what is surely going to be en epic battle at NESCAC's.