Women's Cross Country, Men's Individuals Head to Louisville for NCAA Championships
Viviana Hanley and Morgan Kelly helped the Harvard women qualify for NCAAs for the first time since 1983 (Tim O'Dowd).
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At the Northeast Regionals at Hammonasset State Park, the women's and men's cross country teams finished fourth and sixth place, respectively. The fourth-place finish for the women's team earned them an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships. They will be accompanied by two runners from the men's squad who qualified with top-five finishes at the regional. The NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky., and will be hosted by the Cardinals.
Harvard at NCAA Championships
The Crimson women's cross country team hasn't qualified for the NCAA Championships since 1983 when they finished in 13th place. Harvard's strongest finish came in 1982, when it captured the Ivy League and ECAC Championships and took fourth at the NCAA Championships.
Juniors Maksim Korolev and James Leakos will join the women and represent the men's squad as individual runners after placing second and fifth at regionals, respectively. The last Crimson runner to make it to the NCAA Championships was Daniel Chenoweth '11, who was a three-tim individual qualifier and finished as high as 42nd in 2008 and 2009. Both Korolev and Leakos ran the 10k course at the Northeast Regionals with times under 30:30.0.
Last Time Out
Both the Harvard men's and women's cross country teams finished in the top six at the NCAA Northeast Regional's. Men's runners Maksim Korolev (30:16.2) and James Leakos (30:27.6) qualified for NCAAs with second- and fifth-place finishes, which helped the men's team take sixth, marking its best result since 2006. The result also made Harvard the third-highest Ivy League squad at the meet. The juniors received United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region awards based on their stellar performances.
The remaining men's scoring runners for the Crimson all finished within the top 60. Dan Milechman (31:25.4) finished in 43rd, Tom Purnell (31:37.2) placed in 55th and Jakob Lindaas's 31:38.7 finished him in 58th place leaving the team just shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
The women's cross country team's ability to group runners together helped Harvard earn a fourth-place finish at the Northeast Regionals. The Crimson greatly improved from last season, having all five scoring runners finish within the top 48 when just a year ago, Harvard's top runner finished in 49th. On the 6k course, the Crimson had two top-20 finishes with junior captain Emily Reese taking 19th with a time of 20:27.9 followed by Viviana Hanley who finished 20th with a time of 20:36.2. Reese and Hanley also received USTFCCCA All-Region awards after placing in the top 20.
The remaining scoring runners were Morgan Kelly, (20:44.2,27th), Sammy Silva (21:53.6, 36th) and Alaina Alvarez (21:05.4, 48th).