Cross Country Faces Nations Best at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

Jeanne Mack led the women's cross country team at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Facing the top cross country teams in the nation, the Harvard cross country team faced a stiff test at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Friday afternoon. The women's squad finished 40th in the women's 'A' race, topping a pair of Big Ten schools in Purdue and Illinois. The men participated in the "B" competition and placed three runners among the top 45 finishers.

24th-ranked Washington upset a slew of top-10 teams to take the women's title, while host No. 2 Wisconsin ran away with the men's team title.

Seniors Jeanne Mack and Kailyn Kuzmuk continued to be the top runners for the Crimson women as both placed within the top 200 finishers. Mack clocked in with a time of 21:43 on the 6-kilometer course, which was good for 171st overall, while Kuzmuk was just nine seconds back at 21:52 in 198th. Rookie Viviana Hanley ran a poised 21:54 to capture 203rd overall and classmate Alaina Alvarez crossed the line in 22:00-even, good for 218th. Senior captain Kirsten Jorgensen rounded out the Harvard scorers with a time of 22:10 and a 231st-place finish.

The men were led by sophomore Aaron Watanabe, who hung near the front of the pack for the length of the 8K track en route to a time of 25:24.7, good for 13th in the race. Jakob Lindaas crossed the line in 36th position with a time of 25:54.2 and rookie Will Geiken came in under 26 minutes, posting a time of 25:58.6 and coming in 44th. Jeremy Gilmour (47th, 26:09.0) and Kellen Blumberg (60th, 26:17.7) were the final scorers for the men.

With next weekend off, the Crimson now looks to fight for an Ivy League Championship at the Heptagonal meet Oct. 29. The race will take place in Princeton, N.J.