Men’s Cross Country National Qualifiers for First Time Since 1979

Maksim Korolev led the Crimson to an at-large bid NCAA Division I Championship.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time since 1979, the Harvard men's cross country team will head to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The NCAA Track and Field Committee selected the Crimson as one of 13 at-large picks.  

Indiana State will host the championships on Nov. 23, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's race will begin at noon ET.

Harvard will compete against 31 teams selected to participate in the championship.

Senior Maksim Korolev has paced the Crimson late in the season, winning the NCAA Northeast Regionals Friday at Van Cortlandt Park. Korolev crossed the finish line in 30:11.6 to beat out Iona's Matt Gillespie by over seven seconds and will be considered as one of the favorites at the NCAA Championships.

The men finished sixth overall of 37 teams with 155 points at regionals. Senior James Leakos, another strong Harvard harrier this season, ranked 33rd with a time of 30:59.5 in the 10K.

Overall, the men clocked an average time of 30:58 at regionals and showed strength throughout the season to earn the at-large placement.