<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2015 Little Three's XC

Little Three Championships

At Amherst, October 17th

Conditions - temps ideal, little windy at times but footing great

TEAM SCORING SUMMARY
Final Standings Score Scoring Order Total
1 Williams 27 2-3-5-6-11(12)(14) 2:11:53
2 Amherst 32 1-4-8-9-10(13)(15) 2:12:10
3 Wesleyan 77 7-16-17-18-19(20)(21) 2:16:12

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Athlete Team Score Time Gap
1 Mohamed HUSSEIN (SO) Amherst 1 25:47.4 --
2 Bijan MAZAHERI (SR) Williams 2 25:51.8 0:04.4
3 Ben DECKER (SO) Williams 3 26:15.5 0:28.1
4 Dan CROWLEY (SR) Amherst 4 26:21.9 0:34.5
5 Peter HALE (JR) Williams 5 26:26.4 0:39.0
6 Griffin COLAIZZI (SO) Williams 6 26:26.6 0:39.2
7 Taylor TITCOMB (SR) Wesleyan 7 26:34.5 0:47.1
8 Craig NELSON (SO) Amherst 8 26:39.4 0:52.0
9 Raymond MEIJER (JR) Amherst 9 26:39.6 0:52.2
10 Jeff SEELAUS (SR) Amherst 10 26:41.6 0:54.2
11 Noah WILLIAMS (JR) Williams 11 26:52.3 1:04.9
12 Todd FORD (SR) Williams (12) 26:53.7 1:06.3
13 Tucker MEIJER (FR) Amherst (13) 27:01.7 1:14.3
14 Kyle KISTINGER (SR) Williams (14) 27:03.5 1:16.1
15 Kevin CONNORS (JR) Amherst (15) 27:05.6 1:18.2
16 Steven LUCEY (JR) Amherst - 27:13.7 1:26.3
17 Jack WESLEY (SO) Amherst - 27:17.4 1:30.0
18 Cosmo BROSSY (FR) Amherst - 27:20.3 1:32.9
19 Eric ARSENAULT (JR) Wesleyan 16 27:21.6 1:34.2
20 Keith CONWAY (SR) Wesleyan 17 27:21.9 1:34.5
21 Dontay DOWNER (FR) Wesleyan 18 27:22.9 1:35.5
22 Liam SIMPSON (SO) Williams - 27:27.5 1:40.1
23 Scott NELSON (SO) Amherst - 27:28.9 1:41.5
24 Reid HAWKINS (SO) Wesleyan 19 27:30.7 1:43.3
25 Will DUDEK (JR) Wesleyan (20) 27:31.7 1:44.3
26 Kristian SOGAARD (FR) Amherst - 27:37.0 1:49.6
27 Zachary DULABON (SO) Williams - 27:45.7 1:58.3
28 Zeke COHEN (FR) Williams - 27:48.9 2:01.5
29 Tate KNIGHT (SO) Wesleyan (21) 28:04.6 2:17.2
30 Lucas ESTRADA (FR) Williams - 28:05.2 2:17.8
31 Kevin DOOLEY (FR) Amherst - 28:06.1 2:18.7
32 Jesse FAJNZYLBER (JR) Amherst - 28:13.3 2:25.9
33 Luke HINZ (JR) Williams - 28:16.4 2:29.0
34 Walker KNAUSS (FR) Williams - 28:17.6 2:30.2
35 Justin BARRY (SO) Amherst - 28:18.9 2:31.5
36 Michael BYRNS (SO) Williams - 28:22.9 2:35.5
37 Jacob SILVERMAN (FR) Amherst - 28:24.7 2:37.3
38 Cole HAWKINS (SR) Amherst - 28:28.2 2:40.8
39 Alex COWEN (SO) Williams - 28:40.9 2:53.5
40 Jack MALAGUE (FR) Amherst - 28:47.1 2:59.7
41 Austin ANDERSON (FR) Williams - 28:51.6 3:04.2
42 Zack GRAND (SO) Amherst - 28:54.0 3:06.6
43 Peter HORTON (SO) Amherst - 28:56.1 3:08.7
44 Aaron ZAMBRANO (SO) Amherst - 29:05.8 3:18.4
45 Ermias KEBEDE (FR) Amherst - 29:12.8 3:25.4
46 Hiroshi KIRBY (JR) Williams - 29:14.8 3:27.4
47 Nick NOSCE (SR) Williams - 29:16.2 3:28.8
48 Joshua SIGNORE (FR) Wesleyan - 29:27.2 3:39.8
49 Liam ALBRITTON (FR) Williams - 29:29.1 3:41.7
50 Alex KILMAN (SO) Williams - 29:39.4 3:52.0
51 Shota NAKAMURA (FR) Wesleyan - 29:43.3 3:55.9
52 Ross HOCH (FR) Williams - 29:55.1 4:07.7
53 Jacob CYTRYNBAUM Williams - 30:02.9 4:15.5
54 Frank TUCCI (FR) Wesleyan - 30:04.8 4:17.4
55 Matthew TARDUNO (SR) Williams - 30:07.4 4:20.0
56 John VANSANT (SO) Wesleyan - 30:16.1 4:28.7
57 David FOLSOM (JR) Williams - 30:25.1 4:37.7
58 Matt ROCK (SR) Williams - 30:29.9 4:42.5
59 Greg FERLAND (SR) Williams - 30:33.7 4:46.3
60 Ian CONCANNON (SO) Williams - 30:51.7 5:04.3
61 Daquan DALY (SR) Williams - 30:52.8 5:05.4
62 David AZZARA (FR) Williams - 30:57.3 5:09.9
63 Vernon ESPINOZA (FR) Amherst - 31:11.3 5:23.9
64 Riley HAWKINS-HECOCK Wesleyan - 32:14.0 6:26.6
65 Julian VERA (SO) Williams - 32:30.6 6:43.2
66 Michael NAVARRETE Williams - 33:03.5 7:16.1
67 Ian BANTA (FR) Williams - 33:07.0 7:19.6
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Meet Recap:

Runner of the Meet - Mohamed Hussein and Ermias Kebede

As we approached the halfway point of the 2015 season, we found ourselves at one of the biggest tests of the year. The Little 3 Championship is always specially marked down on our calendars, as it’s a historical, rivaled match-up between the squads of Amherst, Wesleyan, and Williams. This past Saturday we would play host to this year’s meet and specifically targeting an end to the long-standing win streak by Williams College. It certainly was not going to be an easy task--the Williams team not only history on their side, but also had a US#7 squad that ranked up quite even with our men. We had been putting in a lot of great work in the previous weeks and we were focused and excited during the week leading up to Saturday’s race. After a few restless nights of sleep, Saturday finally arrived and we donned our singlets to toe the line for a thrilling battle on our home course.

Due to the small field size of the race, some years are marked by the implementation of certain races strategies to help shake up the typically conservative pace. In this year’s race, we saw no real strategic racing and the men got off across the fields in a strong early pace. In the lead pack, Mohamed and Crowley settled in well with two top runners from Wesleyan and Williams. Not too far behind our two leaders, there was a strong pack that consisted of Jeff Seelaus, Craig Nelson, Kevin Connors, Raymond Meijer, and Tucker Meijer. As the race went through the first field loop and back into the upper woods trails, little changed at the front end of the race. We still had our top seven in prime positions, battling well amongst the top five from Williams. Eventually the real race got underway once the men hit 5k, and crucial moves were made by runners from Williams. Sensing that the race was on, Seelaus responded immediately and tried to cover the moves made by the #3 and #4 runners from Williams over the last 2k. Up front in the final mile, Mo was entrenched in a tough battle with Williams’ top runner, Bijan Mazaheri. The two went back and forth over the final kilometer constantly and it wasn't until the final 200m on the athletic fields, when Mo would pull away to take the win in a time of 25:47. As the team race was going to be extremely close, every position counted and the next few finishers were crucial in the team scoring. Unfortunately after Mo crossed the line, Williams went 2-3. Crowley hung on to take 4th in 26:21. Behind him were two more runners from Williams, who grabbed 5th and 6th place overall and then a Wesleyan runner. The next Amherst runners across the line were the trio of Craig, Raymond, and Jeff in 8th through 10th and hitting right around 26:40. While we had five in before Williams fifth runner, we unfortunately found ourselves on the short end of the stick in the eventual team scores. The next Amherst finishers were in a pack that was led by first-year runner Tucker Meijer, who took 13thoverall in 27:01, and Kevin Connors, not too far behind in 27:05 for 15th place. Steven Lucey, Jack Wesley, and Cosmo Brossy were just off Connors and took 16th through 18th running between 27:13 and 27:20, respectively. After that trio crossed the line, Scott Nelson put together another strong race to finish 23rd overall in a time of 27:28 and few second back was Kristian Sogaard in 27:37 for 26th. Having himself a very strong second half of the race, Kevin Dooley was the next Amherst finisher in a time of 28:06 for 31st place and Jesse Fajnzylber was right behind in 28:13 for 32nd. Closing out the Amherst finishers were Justin Barry, Jacob Silverman, and Cole Hawkins in the mid-28:00 range, while Jack Malague, Zack Grand, Peter Horton, Aaron Zambrano, and Ermias Kebede crossed the line in the high 28s to low 29s. Taking on his first collegiate 8k, Vernon Espinoza was the final finisher for Amherst on Saturday. Once the team scores were finally tallied, we had to settle for 2nd place with 32 points to Williams 1st -place finish with 27 points. It certainly was a very hard-fought battle and obviously a tough race to lose at home. Though a defeat will not only serve as a great motivator for the weeks to come, but it also as a great learning opportunity. And despite not winning the most important team battle (1st – 5th runners), we did showcase our excellent depth and won the battles between 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sets of five. After racing two weekends in a row, the guys will take a well-deserved upcoming weekend off and put in some solid training for the NESCAC Championship on October 31st at Wesleyan.

We would also like to thank all the parents & family members, alumni and friends who provided a great spread of food and tailgate fare post meet. We thoroughly enjoyed having so many fans cheering on the guys through out the race and it was great to catch up or meet with many of you throughout the afternoon!