WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - A long winning streak continued at the 2011 ECAC Men's Cross Country Championship. The Williams men captured their seventh straight championship at the event.
Mark Springel was the first Eph to finish the eight-kilometer course in 26.23, immediately followed by Ford Smith in 26.33 and Scott Rodilitz in 26.34. Williams Cole Townsand was the first freshman to cross the line in 26.55, good for 15th place overall. Henry Koster rounded out the top 5 in 27.06 in 18th place to cap off a winning team score of 44 points.
Tufts University finished second with 77 points led by Sam Haney's seventh place finish and Jake McCauley's ninth place finish. Middlebury College finished third with 102 points behind Patrick Hebble's second place performance and Taylor Sundali's sixth place finish.
Antoine Gisore, from New England College captured the highly contested men's individual title. Williams's Springel and Smith, and Middlebury's Hebble each made attempts at the lead, but Gisore was able to maintain first position through the finish line.
For Lyndon, Alex Williams (Johnson City, Tenn.) led the waywith an 8K personal record of 30:49 while pacing the team to 43rd place finish. Williams was followed by Ethan Fontneau (Georgia, Vt.) in a time of 31:10.
Other Hornet men running to a personal record were Calvin Sanderson (33:01 – Essex, Vt.) and Jason Zheng (33:25 – China) as well as David Carmichael (33:42 – Grantham, N.H.). Matthew Carter (Groton, Mass.) finished his four year collegiate career with a solid performance and completed the course in 33:36.