Cross Country Eyes Ivy Accolades at Heps

Claire Richardson led the Crimson women to a second-place finish at Heps last year (Harvard Athletic Communications). 

The Harvard cross country team travels to New York this weekend to participate in the 2010 Cross Country Heptagonal Championships, Friday at Van Cortlandt Park.

The Crimson men and women both had strong showings at last year's event as three runners earned All-Ivy League status as a result of the race. The women recorded their best finish at the event since the 1995 season, placing second behind perennial power Princeton. Claire Richardson was Harvard's top finisher, taking sixth overall in her second-straight top-10 finish at the event. Then-freshman Sammy Silva took 12th for the Crimson, earning a spot on the All-Ivy second team.

On the men's side, Daniel Chenoweth captured the 2009 title, running a time of 25:09.00 over the 8k course to become the first Harvard men's champion in 14 years. Chenoweth led the men to a sixth-place finish overall at the race.

The Crimson was last in action at the Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind., site of the 2010 NCAA Cross Country National Championships. Chenoweth took third place at the meet in a talented field featuring runners from some of the top schools in the nation. Harvard also had runners compete in the Mayor's Cup last Sunday, which took place on its home course at Franklin Park.

Jason Saretsky, director of Harvard track & field and cross country, previews the 2010 Heptagonal Championships in the video below: