Crimson Squad Splits for UAlbany Inivtational and Pre-Nationals

Pre-Nationals Invitational Website

42nd Annual UAlbany Invitational Information

Story Line
The Harvard men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to two different meets Saturday. One group will compete at the 43rd UAlbany Invitational in Albany, N.Y., while the other will race at the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.

This weekend will serve as the final races for the Crimson before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships set for Oct. 30.

Event Details

43rd Annual UAlbany Cross Country Invitational
9: 00 a.m. - Women’s Gold 5K Race 9:00 a.m.
9:35 a.m. - Men’s Purple 8K Race 9:35 a.m.
10:05 a.m. - Bobbi Palma-Women’s Championship 5K Race.
10:40 a.m. - R. K. Munsey-Men’s Championship 8K Race

2009 Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Invitational
11:00 a.m. - Men's 8,000 Meter Blue Race
11:40 a.m. - Men's 8,000 Meter White Race
12:20 p.m. - Women's 6,000 Meter Blue Race
12:55 p.m. - Women's 6,000 Meter White Race
1:30 p.m. - Men's 8,000 Meter Open Race
2:10 p.m. - Women’s 6,000 Meter Open Race

About the Harvard Women
The Crimson women have won both meets they have competed in this season, including opening the year with a win at the Iona Meet of Champions. Two weeks later, Harvard dominated archrival Yale, 15-49, by taking the first six spots and eight of the top 10 places in the annual dual meet. Junior Claire Richardson won the meet followed by sophomores Kailyn Kuzmuk, Nicole Cochran and Jeanne Mack and juniors Jamie Olson and Eliza Ives.

About the Harvard Men
Junior Daniel Chenoweth won the Harvard vs. Yale dual race two weeks ago, and with the help from classmate Ryan Neely and a trio of freshmen, the Crimson defeated the Bulldogs, 26-29. Freshmen Sean Pohorence, Jeremy Gilmour and Phil Galebach and junior Ryan Neely battled with several Yale runners for the remaining spots. Pohorence finished just one second behind Yale’s top runner and second-place finisher Conor Dooney with a time of 24:45. Gilmour was fifth, Neely was eight with a personal best and Galebach was ninth. Galebach made a big move at the end of the race to get in front of several Yale runners and help the Crimson secure the win.

Some of the top teams in the nation will compete at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, the home of the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In fact, 18 of the top 30 men’s teams are slated to compete. The top three schools, Stanford, Northern Arizona and Alabama as well as eight of the top 10 schools will race. On the women’s side, 19 of the top 30 teams in the nation will race, including No. 1 Washington. Seven of the top 10 and 11 of the top 15 programs will also be in attendance.

Up Next
The Crimson takes on the other seven Ivy League schools at the Heptagonal Championships Oct. 30 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.