Cretti earns All-America x-c honors |

Cretti earns All-America x-c honors

Staff Report

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.

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