Cross Country Battles Yale, Princeton in Ivy League Showdown

Cross Country Battles Yale, Princeton in Ivy League Showdown

Daniel Chenoweth took the title at the Harvard-Yale meet (Harvard Athletic Communications).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –
The Harvard men's cross country team dropped a tight head-to-head race to Yale Friday, while the women topped the Bulldogs and finished behind Princeton at the annual Harvard-Yale cross country meet.

"I am really pleased with the progress our women's program has made," said director of track and field and cross country Jason Saretsky. "The way we have closed the gap on Princeton from two years ago is exciting but there is still a lot of work to do the rest of this season.  Obviously, our men were disappointed not to keep the Maine Trophy here in Cambridge, but I am confident the talent on this team will learn from this experience and be that much stronger for it."

In the men's race, senior captain Daniel Chenoweth took the title by nearly 25 seconds, finishing the 8K race in 25:10.70. Maksim Korolev and Kurt Ruegg were next to cross the line for Harvard, placing fifth and sixth with times of 25:43.64 and 25:45.16, respectively. Michael Hoffman placed 10th in 26:12.36 and Aaron Watanabe rounded out Harvard's scorers with a 13th-place finish in a time of 26:29.27. Harvard ended with a total of 34 points while the host Bulldogs ended with 24 to take the win.

The Harvard women placed two runners in the top five as Claire Richardson took second with a time of 17:20.13 and Jeanne Mack placed fifth in a time of 18:02.56. Nicole Cochran placed seventh in a time of 18:14.54 and Kailyn Kuzmuk finished ninth in 18:18.28. Hilary May was the final scorer for the women, placing 20th with a time of 19:05.32. The Crimson finished with a total of 40 points and had four runners finish ahead of any Yale runners. Princeton won the women's race with 22 points and Yale placed third with 68.

Harvard is back in action at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional meet next weekend.