XC runners compete at USATF New Englands

On Sunday, 11 women’s and 16 men’s cross country runners took to the historic Franklin Park course in Boston for the USA Track & Field (USATF) New England Championships.

As the top group rested for NCAA Regionals, the athletes who competed on Sunday were finishing off their season.

The Ephs were led by Eliza Matt ’18, who capped off her final cross country season. With much hard work, Matt improved substantially and finished in 37th with a time of 23:19. Tyra Wynn ’19 was close behind in 38th place with a time of 23:26.

The next three Ephs raced in a close pack. In her second-ever 6k race, Brianna Bourne ’21 took 45th in 23:54. Janelle Gowgiel ’20 ran 23:54 for 48th. Jaylan Fraser-Mines ’21 ran 23:58 for 49th in her debut 6k.

Sarah Tully ’21 and Katie Flaharty ’18 rounded out the Ephs’ top seven. Tully, battling through bronchitis, ran 23:52 for 56th place. Flaharty ran 25:37 for 65th.

Hannah Lebowitz ’20 and Adrienne Banks ’20 ran together through the second half of the race, pushing each other to times of 25:52 and 25:53, respectively. Julia Gunther ’20 and Wyndom Chace ’21 finished close behind. Gunther finished in 26:01 while Chace ran 26:09 in her first 6k.

“It was a super culmination of their season for most of the group, and spirits were high,” head coach Pete Farwell ’73 said.

The men competed against several formidable club teams from the New England area. While the Ephs were not counted in the team standings, Battle Road Track Club, featuring alumni Greg Ferland ’16 and Cole Townsend ’15, came in second.

Several Ephs set personal bests. William McGovern ’20 led in 33rd overall with a time of 32:54, a 15-second improvement over his 2016 performance on the course. Kenneth Marshall ’20 raced the 10k for the first time and placed 44th in 33:19. Jacob Kahrs ’19, Sam Gilman ’21 and Chris Avila ’21 finished in 33:43, 33:52 and 34:04, respectively.

Zack Schreier ’20 ran a well-paced 34:09, followed by Matthew Peacock ’21 (34:40), Jenks Hehmeyer ’20 (34:49), Walker Knauss ’19 (35:19), Liam Albrittain ’19 (35:35), Alex Kilman ’18 (35:47), Felix Biwott ’21 (35:50), George Arrowsmith ’21 (36:45), David Azzara ’19 (36:51), Christian Maloney ’21 (37:34) and Evan Wright ’21 (38:19).

This Saturday, both the men and women will travel to Southern Maine University to compete at Regionals and secure qualifying spots for Nationals. The men’s race begins at 11 a.m., and the women’s race begins at noon.