Cross Country Heads to Buffalo for NCAA Northeast Regionals

The Harvard men's cross country squad will look to improve on its 12th-place showing at last season's NCAA regional meet (Harvard Athletic Communications).

NCAA Northeast Regional Championship Meet Information

The Particulars
After competing in the 2011 Cross Country Heptagonal Championships Oct. 29, the Harvard cross country team is back in action Saturday at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The men's 10-kilomter race is slated to begin at noon, while the women's 6K will start at 1:15 p.m.

Last Year's Regionals
Daniel Chenoweth '11 turned in a top-five performance at the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Hammonasett Beach State Park. The men placed 12th overall out of 25 teams in the race while the women took 14th out of 25 squads.

Michael Hoffman was the second Harvard finisher, placing 59th overall with a time of 31.28.5. Kurt Ruegg led a trio of first-year finishers, taking 66th in the race with a time of 31:32.9. Classmates Aaron Watanabe (32:08.5) and Maksim Korolev (32:09.6) were the final two Crimson finishers, placing 99th and 100th, respectively.

Veteran Nicole Cochran fronted the women's effort for Harvard as she crossed the line in 53rd with a final time of 21:29.6 on the women's 6K championship course. Classmate Jeanne Mack was right on her tail with a 54th-place finish in a time of 21:30.6 and senior captain Eliza Ives finished soon after in 61st with a time of 21:36.5. Rookie Kristina Funahashi placed 110th overall in the race with a time of 22:17.8 and junior Kailyn Kuzmuk rounded out Harvard's scorers with a time of 22:21.2, good for 111th overall.

Last Time Out
Harvard battled cold, snowy conditions in Princeton, N.J. as the women placed sixth and the men finished seventh at the Heptagonal Championships Oct. 29.

The senior tandem of Jeanne Mack and Kailyn Kuzmuk led the way for the Harvard women's squad. Mack turned in a top-15 performance, posting a time of 22:33.4 to take 13th in the race, while Kuzmuk's time of 22:55.8 was good for 21st overall. Rookie Viviana Hanley continued her solid freshman campaign, crossing the line as Harvard's third runner with a 26th-place time of 23:01.2. Sophomore Morgan Kelly was just five seconds back of Hanley in 31st with a time of 23:06.5 and freshman Alaina Alvarez was Harvard's final runner, placing 38th in 23:21.1.

Junior Jakob Lindaas was the men's top finisher for Harvard, placing 28th overall with a time of 25:41.6. Sophomore Aaron Watanabe was close behind, posting a 25:47.0 mark to finish 32nd. Junior Jeremy Gilmour finished four seconds back of Watanabe with a time of 25:51.2, good for 39th, and rookies Will Geiken (25:59.4, 41st) and Adam Cotton (26:04.3, 44th) rounded out the scorers for the Crimson men.

All-Ivy Honors
Thanks to her result at the Heptagonal Championships, senior Jeanne Mack was named to the All-Ivy League Cross Country second team following the race. The top 14 runners in both the men's and women's races earn spots on the All-Ivy squad, with the top seven earning first-team credentials.

Up Next for Harvard
The Crimson is back in action just five days after the NCAA Regional meet, as it will send runners to the ECAC/IC4A championships at Van Cortlandt Park, N.Y.