Cross Country Heads to Heptagonals in Pursuit of Ivy Titles
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard cross country heads to West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J., in pursuit of a men's and women's Ivy League title at the Heptagonal Championships Saturday, Nov. 2. Harvard men are ranked No. 21 in the latest USTFCCCA Poll, while the women are just outside of the top-30, receiving 15 votes.
Last Time Out
Harvard split up its team two weekends ago, sending runners to both the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and the Princeton Invitational. In Madison, Wis., senior Maksim Korolev finished second out of 288 of the nation's top runners, as Harvard was the lone school to put two runners in the top-10. Paced by senior Morgan Kelly, Harvard women ranked 18th overall with an average time of 21:08. Kelly crossed in 20:39 to rank 49th of 288 runners.
In New Jersey, the Crimson men and women both placed ninth. Junior Molly Render paced the Harvard women with a time of 21:41 for fifth. Adam Cotton (24:44) ranked 41st overall for the men.
Last Year's Meet
A strong team effort saw the Crimson women post their best result in three years at Heps, while the Harvard men ended the day in fifth. The women's team finished with 93 points, tying Brown for third place at the meet, while the men ended with 131 points. Cornell women won the event, while Princeton men placed four runners in the top-10 to win the Ancient Eight championship. All five Harvard women scorers placed within the top 32. James Leakos led the men with a 19th-place finish.
Fans are encouraged to follow the live Ivy League blog of the races here. When talking about the event on Twitter, fans are encouraged to use the hashtags "#IvyXC" and "#GoCrimson".
Scouting the Field
On the men's side, Columbia enters the championship as the favorite, ranked No. 10 in the coaches' poll. Princeton sits at No. 15, while Harvard ranks No. 21 in the country – the first ranking for the Crimson since the start of the USTFCCCA Poll.
On the women's side, Dartmouth moved up the poll to No. 11, while Princeton and Cornell sit at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively. Harvard sits just outside the top-30 teams with 15 votes, just two shy of No. 30 Mississippi.
Harvard will have another two-week layoff before returning to action Nov. 15 in Van Cortland Park, N.Y., for the NCAA Regionals.