Cross Country Teams Ranked in the Top Eight in Preseason Regional Poll

Photo of Nicole Cochran courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

Men's Northeast Regional Rankings

Women's Northeast Regional Rankings

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are both ranked in the top eight of the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Regional Rankings. The Crimson men are ranked sixth and the women are ranked seventh in the Northeast Regional.

The Crimson men, who return four of its top five scorers from the Heptagonal Championships, have the best 1-2 punch in senior captain Chas Gillespie and junior Daniel Chenoweth. Gillespie finished fifth at last year’s Heps, while Chenoweth was eighth. Chenoweth went on to take fourth at the Northeast regional and finished 42nd at the NCAA Championships.

The Harvard women, who welcome back its top five finishers from Heps, will be led by junior Claire Richardson. The St. Paul, Minn, native will have sophomore Nichole Cochran, juniors Meghan Houser and Jamie Olson and senior Stacy Carlson to help the Crimson continue to climb in the standings at the Ivy League, ECAC and regional championships.

Harvard begins its 2009 season this weekend at the 15th annual Br. John “Paddy” Doyle/Iona College Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.