On Saturday, men’s cross-country finished second to La Universite de Sherbrooke at the 2001 McGill Invitational, held at Le Parc du Mont Royal, in which Williams was the only school from the United States in attendance. A junior-class triumvirate of Karl Remsen ’03 (seventh, 19:02.8), Chris Garvin ’03 (tenth, 19:10.9) and Neal Hannan ’03(16th, 19:27.7) led the Ephs around the three-lap, six-kilometer course, with Shamus Brady ’04 (18th, 19:29.5) and co-captain Ben Chaffee ’02 (20th, 19:34.3) rounding out the scoring five.
Five hundred meters from the finish line, as Chaffee recounted after the race, Hannan was lagging behind him by several strides. “When I crested that last little rise I was all alone,” Chaffee said. “Shamus passed me, kicking downhill, but then Neal went by us both as though we weren’t even moving. He put seven seconds on me in about 300 meters.”
Matt Winkler ’04 (24th, 19:57.0) and Zach Blume ’02 (26th, 20:00.9) were Williams’s sixth and seventh men, respectively. Less than a minute separated the Eph’s top seven; 31.5 seconds separated their top five. Williams’s squad was grouped tightly enough to put seven runners in front of Sherbrooke’s fifth scoring member, the kind of numerical displacement that usually wins cross-country meets. Unfortunately, Sherbrooke swept the first three counted places, leaving the Ephs 23 points behind with a final score of 38 to 61. McGill University was third with 110.
Williams’s second sevenâ€”Teddy McGehee ’05, Fred Hines ’02, Trevor Scott ’05, Eric Daub ’04, Eric Engler ’04, Eli Lazarus ’04 and Colin Bruzewicz ’05â€”were a close pack, themselves, a slim 18 seconds apart.
Alumnus and former captain Dusty Lopez ’01, a three time all-American in cross-country and outdoor track last year, ran unattached and placed third overall in a time of 18:45.6.
Next week, the men will host the Purple Valley Classic on their home course at Mt. Greylock High School. Racing will begin at noon.