|Ephs win Plansky Invite; place 8 in top 10.|
|October 16, 2004|
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The Women’s Cross Country team had a tremendous day of racing this Saturday on their home course. The Ephs (17 points) won the 2004 Tony Plansky Invitational by a 67 point margin over second place finishers, Stonehill (84 points), to place first out of the seven school field. Jenn Campbell ’05, Caroline Cretti ’06 and Liz Gleason ’08 placed one, two and three led an amazing team which placed eight out of the top ten finishers.
The Plansky Invitational is named after Tony Plansky, the long time head cross-country coach for Williams College. Planksy was at the helm of the program for 44 years (1935-78) before current head coach, Pete Farwell, took over in 1979. During his tenure, the Ephs had three undefeated seasons, and his last nine teams compiled a duel meet record of 87-19-1. The tradition of dedication and excellence remains an integral part of the program and was evident at Saturday’s invitational.
The cool, overcast day combined with the shortened course created the base for a great day of racing. The Ephs went out fast at the gun and never looked back. Co- captain Campbell ran a tremendous race and came away with the individual title in a very quick time of 14:57. Cretti led at the start but went the wrong way early on and had to double back to get back on course. Despite the mistake, Cretti still placed second out of the entire field and only eight seconds behind Campbell. Gleason continued her racing excellence, placing third for the Ephs and third overall with a time of 15:27. Gleason outkicked Nicole Plante from UMass Lowell who crossed the line with the same time.
The Ephs had the next four runners across the line. This tight pack of four finished within four seconds of each other. Co-captain Katie Marsh ’05 led the pack with a time of 15:33 to secure fourth place. Marsh was followed by the veteran duo of Kali Moody ’05 and Maya Kessler ’05. Moody and Kessler finished in 15:37 and 15:38 for a solid fifth and sixth place finish. Mallory Harlin ’08 came in battling with Erin Smith from Stonehill. Both runners crossed the line in a time of 15:40, but Harlin, rounded out the Eph top seven claimed eight place and Smith took nineth.
Lisa Davenport ’07 crossed the line in tenth place with a time of 15:45, twenty-two seconds faster than last year. A lone Stonehill runner would finish in eleventh before Sara Morrissey ’07 and Emily Welsh ’05 crossed the line together in 12th and 13th place with a time of 15:56. Morrissey has continued to improve her times from last year as this finish was 33 seconds faster. Susie Theroux ’05 was the next Eph across the line. Theroux finished with a time of 16:06 for a solid 14th place finish.
The women from Williams continued their strong showing. Emily Fertig ’06 and Megan Bruck ’07 finished together with great times of 16:11 and 16:20, to secure 16th and 17th place. Danner Hickman ’05 was not far behind as she crossed the line in 16:24 for a strong 19th place finish overall. Hickman was followed by Laura Ellison ’07. Ellison placed 24th in a time of 16:33.
Kaitlin Rees ’07 and Lissie Robie ’08 finished just seven seconds apart, coming in 32nd and 33rd. with times of 16:53 and 17:01. Diana Davis ’07 crossed the line next for the Ephs with and overall time of 17:27 and was followed three seconds later by first-year runner Lauren Moscoe ’07. Lisetta Shah ’06 and Andrea Burke ’06 were the next two Eph finishers coming across in 17:54 and 18:09. This race was Burke’s first since the 2003 invitational and all the girls were happy to see her race. The final three Eph runners were Erika Williams ‘08 (19:36), Lizzie Koltai ’07 (20:15) and Suzanne Geer (20:53).
It was a great day of running for the Ephwomen. They hope to continue their fast times and tight packs next week at the Little Three Championships. The Ephs took second last year to Amherst by 10 points. The Lord Jeffs prevented the Ephs from claiming their fourth Little Three Title in row back in 2003, but the Ephs look to reclaim their title this Saturday on the Wesleyan course.
2004 Plansky Invitational Hosted by Williams College @Mt. Greylock High School 4K October 16, 2004