Four Cross Country Runners Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Awards

James Leakos placed fifth at the NCAA Northeast Regionals to qualify for the NCAA Championships this weekend in Kentucky (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four Harvard cross country runners, two male and two female, received United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region awards for their respective performances at the NCAA Northeast Regionals at Hammonassett State Park Nov. 9.

Junior Emily Reese and sophomore Viviana Hanley both finished in the top 20 to help guide the Crimson women to a fourth-place finish and an at-large berth into the NCAA Championships, while juniors Maksim Korolev and James Leakos both finished in the top five to lead the men to a sixth-place team result.

Reese paced the Harvard women, taking 19th in the race with a time of 20:27.9 on the 6k course. She was followed by teammate Hanley, who was 20th in 20:36.2.

On the men's side, Korolev completed the 10k course in 30:16.2 to place second in a field of 239 runners and post the best result by a Harvard runner since Daniel Chenoweth '11 took third at the Regionals in his last two seasons in Cambridge. Leakos crossed the finish line just 11 seconds after Korolev to post the fifth best time.

The four runners, along with the rest of the women's squad, will head to Louisville, Ky. this Saturday for the NCAA Championships.

Click here for the complete list of All-Region honorees.