Cretti earns All-America x-c honors
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Freshman Caroline Cretti excelled with the Williams College women’s cross country team as it won team titles in the NESCAC league, the New England Division III region, and finally the NCAA III Championship, held November 23 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
After runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2001 this was Williams’ first national title in women’s cross country.
Cretti, who attended Roaring Fork High School and ran cross country for Glenwood Springs High School, flew to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA meet in the new 6-kilometer distance to earn All-America honors.
She led the team throughout the championship season in her first year at Williams. Her time of 20 minutes, 35 seconds won the New England Region, for which she was recognized as the region’s athlete of the year. Cretti also triumphed by nearly 30 seconds in the NESCAC league meet with a 17:34 course record 5K, and ran 17:18 to garner fourth in the New England All-Divisions Championship.
The Ephs entered the NCAA Championship ranked first in the nation having already defeated two-time defending NCAA champion Middlebury five times this fall.
Peter Farwell’s first two years as the women’s cross country coach saw him guide his Ephs to two consecutive second-place finishes behind Middlebury at the NCAAs.
The Ephs responded to the pressure of having to defeat Middlebury six times in a row to ascend to the championship by posting a margin of 103 points over second-place Middlebury. The Eph team total was 42 while the Panthers finished with 145.
Farwell has won a total of three NCAA titles. The Williams men’s team won the title in 1994 and 1995.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
While only a select few ski runs are open as of yet, there are a plethora of local river runs that remain wide open for visitors and locals alike. As travelers are seeing, the snow…