Women’s Cross Country Places 14th, Men 15th at NCAA Regionals

Morgan Kelly led the Crimson women at the 2011 NCAA Northeast Regionals (Photo Courtesy: Tim O'Dowd)

Both the men's and women's teams had an individual finish within the top 50 as the Harvard cross country team competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet Saturday at Audubon Golf Course. The women's team finished with 353 points for a 14th-place finish, while the men's total of 425 was good for 15th overall.    

Syracuse captured the women's team championship, edging out Boston College by a score of 116-127. Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino took home the individual title, placing first by almost 15 seconds on the six-kilometer course. Syracuse's men's squad also took the team championship, besting second-place Iona, 54-72. Iona's Leonard Korir was the men's individual champion, posting a time of 31:10.4 for a three-second margin of victory.

Sophomore Morgan Kelly was Harvard's top finisher, posting a time of 21:58.3 which was good for 49th overall. Rookie Viviana Hanley and senior Jeanne Mack were close finishers, as Hanley took 66th with a time of 22:18.1 and Mack placed 68th just over two seconds back. Senior captain Kirsten Jorgensen posted a time of 22:24.3 which was good for 73rd overall, and Alaina Alvarez snuck into the top 100 with a 97th-best time of 22:56.6.

The men were led by junior Jakob Lindaas, whose time of 32:35.2 earned him a place within the top 50 at 45th. Sophomore James Leakos finished in 32:55.5, which was good for 65th, and sophomore Aaron Watanabe placed 89th in the race at 33:24.1. Classmate Kellen Blumberg placed 103rd on the afternoon with a time of 33:33.6, and rookie Andy Gonzalez was the final Harvard scorer with a 123rd-best time of 33:54.0.

The Crimson has a relatively quick turnaround for its next competition, as the team will compete in the ECAC/IC4A Championships Nov. 19 at Van Cortlandt Park, N.Y.