NCAA Regionals On Tap For Cross Country

The Particulars
The Harvard men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Hammonasett Beach State Park in Connecticut to take part in the 2010 NCAA Regional meet Saturday afternoon. Saturday marks the first time the Crimson will be seeing the race course this season.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's and women's cross country teams each placed a runner in the top six as the women claimed fifth place and the men took sixth at the 2010 Cross Country Heptagonal Championships Oct. 29 at Van Cortlandt Park.

Senior Daniel Chenoweth followed up his first-place performance from 2009 with a runner-up finish to lead the Crimson men. Chenoweth covered the 8K course in 24:14.0, placing second behind Princeton's Donn Cabral who ran a time of 24:03.8. Freshman Aaron Watanabe turned in a solid performance in his first Heps event, placing 22nd with a time of 25:11.1. Junior Michael Hoffman was the third Harvard runner to finish, running a time of 25:27.5, and was followed by rookies James Leakos (35th, 25:29.5) and Kellen Blumberg (49th, 25:51.4), the final Crimson scorers.

Sophomore Jeanna Mack fronted the Harvard women's effort with a time of 17:29.6 on the 5K course, good for sixth place overall. Junior Nicole Cochran worked her way into the top 15 with a 14th-place time of 17:53.4 and classmate Kailyn Kuzmuk wasn't far behind in 26th place, posting an 18:06.9 mark. Veteran Eliza Ives crossed the line in 36th place overall with a time of 18:25.5, and sophomore Sammy Silva's time of 18:28.1 was good for 39th in the standings.

Harvard at Regionals
At its home course of Franklin Park, the Crimson turned in a handful of strong performances at the 2009 NCAA Regional meet. Chenoweth crossed the line in 31.03 for a third place finish, helping the men's team take 10th overall. Kailyn Kuzmuk and Claire Richardson both qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing sixth and eighth, respectively, to help the women to an impressive fifth-place result.

Captains Take
In the video below, cross country captain Daniel Chenoweth and Eliza Ives talk about the upcoming NCAA Regional meet.