Home Meet Kicks Off 2011 Cross Country Schedule

The Crimson hosts Yale, with Princeton to kick off the 2011 schedule (Harvard Athletic Communications).

The Harvard cross country team will participate in seven meets this upcoming season, as the university released the 2011 schedule Wednesday. The Crimson will host the first meet of the season at its home course of Franklin Park.  

“I am really excited about this year’s schedule,” said Jason Saretsky, director of Harvard track & field and cross country. “It will give our student-athletes a great mix of competitions as well as some opportunities to race on a few new courses. Starting things out with our historic rivalry with Yale should be a great barometer to see how well our summer training went, and from there we will get to some bigger invitationals, which should give us a better idea of how we’ll stack up against the rest of the Ivy League at the Heps.”

The season starts Sept. 17 as Harvard hosts Yale and Princeton in the annual rivalry meet. Lehigh hosts the Paul Short Invite Sept. 30, and a select group of runners will travel to Madison, Wis., to take part in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Oct. 14. That same weekend, Harvard will also have competitors at the Brown Invite at Goddard Park, R.I.

The Ivy League Heptagonal Championships will take place Oct. 29 with the NCAA regional meet happening Nov. 12 in Buffalo, N.Y. The ECAC/IC4A Championships will be run at Van Cortlandt Park, in New York, site of the 2010 Heptagonal meet, and the NCAA Championships will once again be held in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 21.