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Maksim Korolev Wins Ivy League Individual Title in Record Time

Maksim Korolev becomes the first Crimson student-athlete since 2009 to win Ivy League individual title. (Photo courtesy: Greg Carroccio/The Ivy League).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior Maksim Korolev ran a conference-record 23:28.2 in the 8K to take home the Ivy League individual title Saturday at West Windsor Fields. The Crimson men finished fourth overall at the Heptagonal Championships, while the women took home a third-place finish.

"This was a great day for the Crimson," said Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "I was really proud of how both our men and women competed. In particular, Maksim continued his special season with a big win today. Both teams are excited as we continue the Championship part of our season. Everything we have been doing is to prepare for November."

Korolev crushed the previous Ancient Eight record by 13.6 seconds and beat out second-place finisher Nico Composto from Columbia by over 16 seconds. Junior Viviana Hanley paced the Harvard women's team with a time of 20:47.3, crossing just over a second before senior Morgan Kelly, who took ninth (20:48.8).

The men clocked an average time of 24:13.5, while the women averaged out at 21:11.3.

On the men's side, Columbia took home the Ivy title with 48 points, its first since 2009. Princeton ranked second with 56 points, followed by Dartmouth (64) in third. Harvard (103 points) beat out Yale (116), Penn (150), Cornell (181) and Brown (253).

Sophomore Tom Purnell placed 11th overall for Harvard with a time of 23:58.8. Junior Will Geiken (24:31.2, 28), junior Adam Cotton (24:32.7, 30) and junior Nephat Maritim (24:36.5, 33) rounded out the Crimson's top five.

The Harvard women finished with 73 points, as Dartmouth won its first title since 1997 with 38 total points. Cornell finished second (66 points). The Crimson beat out Princeton (95), Columbia (101), Penn (166), Brown (174) and Yale (182).

Senior Emily Reese finished the 6K in 21:21.0 for a 16th-place finish, followed shortly by junior Molly Renfer (21:25.8) in slot No. 17. Freshman Sarah Gillespie (21:33.3) completed the top five for Harvard, ranking 23rd.  

Harvard will have another two-week layoff before returning to action Nov. 15 in Van Cortland Park, N.Y., for the NCAA Regionals.