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The Harvard men's and women's cross country teams will be in action this Friday as they head to New Haven, Conn., to compete at Yale. The men's race will be a dual battle between Harvard and Yale, while the women's race will feature Princeton as well.
The men's race (start time 4:45 p.m.) features two of the Northeast region's top-10 teams in the Crimson and the Bulldogs.
The women's race (start time 4:15 p.m.) also features two regionally ranked teams in Harvard and Princeton.
The Harvard men are coming off a fifth-place (out of 19) finish at the Iona Meet of Champions last weekend. In a race featuring 207 runners, the Crimson placed all five scorers 54th or better, four of which were freshman competing on the collegiate level for the first time.
The Crimson women are coming off a 13th place finish at the Iona Meet of Champions, one point behind Marist and Shawnee State. Harvard is currently ranked fourth in the Northeast region, the highest ranked Ivy team in that region.
Yale is currently ranked eighth, one spot ahead of Harvard in the region, behind a solid team effort at the Dartmouth Invitational and individual performances at the Quinnipiac Invitational. Three Yale runners finished in the top five at both events, while the Bulldogs placed second at the Dartmouth meet.
Princeton is currently ranked 24th nationally (third in the Mid-Atlantic region) and will be in action for the first time since its second-place finish at the Spiked Shoe Invitational hosted by Penn State. Sarah Cummings and Alex Banfich paced the Tigers finishing second and third, respectively.
The Yale women are coming off two third-place finishes at the Dartmouth and Quinnipiac Invitationals.
The Harvard cross country teams will head to the Wisconsin on Oct. 2 to compete in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, ran on the Zimmer Cross Country Course.