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Harvard Set for NCAA Northeast Regional Saturday

Photo of senior cross country captain Chas Gillespie courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

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The Harvard cross country teams return to action Saturday as Boston University hosts the NCAA Northeast Regional at Franklin Park.

The event serves as a qualifier for the NCAA Championships Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two teams qualify with the next four individuals advancing.

The men will run a 10k which will start at 2:30 p.m. The women are slated to run a 6k that begins at 3:30 p.m.

Last Time Out
For the women, five Crimson runners finished in the top 20 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Oct. 30 and helped Harvard to a runner-up finish, its best performance at the conference since 1995. Junior Claire Richardson placed sixth overall as the top Harvard finisher while posting a personal best time of 17:28. Freshman Sammy Silva finished 12th with a personal best time of 17:53.7. Junior Eliza Ives finished 15th and sophomores Nicole Cochran and Kailyn Kuzmuk rounded out the scoring for the Crimson, finishing 16th and 20th, respectively.

The Crimson is currently ranked third in the USTFCCA Northeast region week six poll.

Junior Daniel Chenoweth won the individual title at Heps, helping the Harvard men’s team to its second straight sixth-place finish at the event. Chenoweth is the first individual champion since Ian Carswell won the event in 1995. Chenoweth crossed the finish line in 25:09.2, 10.5 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Freshman Phil Galebach finished second for the Crimson at 29th overall. Rounding out the scoring for Harvard were Junior Ryan Neely, freshman Jeremy Gilmour and sophomore Michael Hoffman.

All-Ivy League
Three Crimson runners earned All-Ivy League honors based on their finishes at the Heptagonal Championships. Juniors Daniel Chenoweth and Claire Richardson earned All-Ivy League selections for the second consecutive year. Chenoweth is a four-time All-Ivy League selection in cross country and track and field while Richardson has earned conference honors five times thus far. Freshman Sammy Silva also earned distinction as an All-Ivy second team runner.

Home Sweet Home
This is Harvard’s second event at Franklin Park this fall and first running 6k and 10k distances. Both Crimson teams competed Oct. 2 in the annual Harvard/Yale dual meet. Both Crimson teams were victorious over their long-time rivals.

At Last Year's Regionals
The Harvard men finished eighth out of 34 teams in last year’s race at Van Cortlandt Park and had five runners in the top 100 of the 239-person race. Daniel Chenoweth finished first for Harvard in sixth place to earn his spot at the NCAA Championships. The Harvard women placed seventh and also had five runners in the top 60 of the 247-person race. Claire Richardson finished first for Harvard and seventh overall to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships.

Shooting for the NCAAs
The 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championship will be held at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 23. Harvard has had at least one runner (male or female) qualify for the meet in four of the last five years.

On the Horizon
The Crimson will travel back to New York City Nov. 21 for the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Van Cortlandt Park.