Men’s Cross Country Rallies for Third-Place Finish at IC4A Championships

(Harvard Athletic Communications)

A strong team effort which saw four of the five Harvard scorers land within the top 40, led the Harvard men's cross country team to a third place tie at the IC4A Championships Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park. Harvard finished with 147 points on the day, tied for third with Central Connecticut State and just six points behind second-place Duquesne in the men's championship division.    

A trio of freshmen finished 1-2-3 for the Crimson in the race with rookie Maksim Korolev leading the way with a time of 25:23.8 in the five mile course. Korolev wrapped up his strong freshman campaign with a 12th-place finish at the race to front the Crimson effort. Aaron Watanabe was next for Harvard, placing 27th in 25:37.6 and Kurt Ruegg was right on his tail in 28th, running a time of 25:38.0.   

Junior Michael Hoffmann was the fourth Crimson runner across the line, turning in a time of 25:51.2 for a 38th-place finish and freshman Kellen Blumber rounded out Harvard's scorers with a 42nd-place finish, posting a time of 25:54.8. Duke captured the men's championship crown after placing four runners in the top ten.  

Harvard's attention now turns to the NCAA national championship meet where senior captain Daniel Chenoweth will be vying for All-America status in his third trip to the year's final cross country race. The race will be held Monday, Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.