Korolev Finishes Third at NCAA Championships

Korolev becomes the first top-25 finisher since 1995, highest placement in Harvard history.

Terre Haute, Ind. – Ranking highest in Harvard history at the NCAA Championships, senior Maksim Korolev finished third overall Saturday afternoon at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Korolev, who wraps a fantastic senior season, ran the 10K race in 29:59.5, just 0.4 behind second-place finisher Kennedy Kithuka.

Korolev became the first top-five finisher from Harvard since Paul Gompers '86-87, who finished fifth overall. Korolev is the third Crimson student-athlete to finish in the top 25.  

Harvard finished 30th overall. Colorado became national champs with 149 points. Oregon's Edward Cheserek won with a time of 29:41.1. Kithuka, who led at the 8000m mark, crossed in 29:59.1.

Korolev sat in fourth at the 5000m mark, but outmaneuvered Kemoy Campbell of Arkansas to pull ahead by the 8K point. The Harrisonville, Mo., native fought back Futsum Zienasellassie of Northern Arizona, who finished fourth overall with a time of 30:05.7.

Junior Will Geiken finished second for the Crimson (182nd overall), crossing in 32:08.1. Sophomore Tom Purnell crossed next in 32:16.1 (198th). Adam Cotton placed 208th with a time of 32:26.8. Kurt Ruegg rounded out the top five for the Crimson with a time of 32:38.7 (227th).