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Williams captures first NCAA title since 2004

2015 Division III Women’s Cross Country

Abrah Masterson of Cornell (Iowa) won the individual national title with a 21:23.1 time. JEANNETTE MERTEN / NCAA PHOTOS

The Results

TEAM SCORES

1st: Williams, 81

2nd: Geneseo State, 179

3rd: MIT, 182

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1st: Abrah Masterson, Cornell College, 21:23.1

2nd: Olivia Mancl, Willamette, 21:25.4

3rd: Maya Weigel, Pomona-Pitzer, 21:27.0

ELITE 90 HONOREE

Michelle Kerr, Hope

Coach Pete Farwell’s strategy for his Williams College women’s cross country team goes something like this: Stay patient, stick to your process, dig deep when the finish line grows nigh. In 2015, that philosophy served the Ephs well both during their season and in the Division III championship meet.

The Ephs captured the third national title in program history – but the first since 2004 – Nov. 21 in Winneconne, Wisconsin. Hannah Cole, who finished fourth in the overall standings, paced the Williams runners over the open and relatively flat course.

“Some days, everything clicks for a team or an individual,” said Farwell, who has coached Williams to all three of its national championships. “We were fortunate this season to have everybody stay healthy and be at their prime on that day. Everything came through.”