CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's and women's cross country teams open the 2013 season against Ivy League rival Yale on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Franklin Park. For the Harvard men, this will be the 100th race against Yale, with Harvard holding a 59-40 all-time advantage in a race that dates back to 1907.
The women began racing in 1976, defeating Yale 15-50 in the first year. Since then, the Crimson hold a 21-16 advantage over the Bulldogs.
The alumni will kick off the day with a 5K at 12:15 p.m., followed by the women's race (5K) at 1 p.m. and the men's race (8K) at 1:30 p.m.
Last year in the annual battle, the Harvard men emerged victorious, yielding the top three runners in the race while the women fell to the Bulldogs, despite a second-place finish from then-senior Sammy Silva. It marked the fifth win over Yale in the last six years.
Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, enters his eighth season with the Crimson and handles the men's cross country team. Assistant coach Priscilla Bailey handles the women's team and will be starting her third season with Harvard.
After battling Yale, the women's team will have two weeks rest before heading to the Panorama Farms Invitational at Virginia. Both the men and women will race on Sept. 28 at the Paul Short Invitational.