Women's Cross Country Takes 3rd at Washington Invite; Men Finish 13th at Paul Short

Women's Cross Country Takes 3rd at Washington Invite; Men Finish 13th at Paul Short

Courtney Smith finished in fourth place overall at the Washington Invite. (Gil Talbot)

SEATTLE, Wash. – Led by junior Courtney Smith's fourth place finish, the Harvard women's cross country team took third place at the Washington Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington at Jefferson Park Golf Course. Harvard recorded 78 points, with Smith and freshman Lisa Tertsch (10th) both placing in the top-10. 

Competing on a course with multiple 2K loops on flat fairways, Smith recorded one of her fastest 6K times, finishing in 19:47.60. Tertsch outkicked runners from Colorado St. and Oregon to finish 10th overall in 20:22.00 in her Harvard debut.

Freshman Judy Pendergast (20:39.20) and sophomore Erin Dietz (20:40.70) finished back-to-back in 20th and 21st overall, while junior Elianna Shwayder finished in 27th in 20:55.60 to round out the scoring for the Crimson.

On the other side of the country, the Harvard men's team competed at the Paul Short Run, one of the largest annual cross country meets in the nation, hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Crimson took 13th place overall in the men's gold 8K race, with sophomore Kieran Tuntivate posting his fastest collegiate 8K time in 24:14, finishing in 29th place. Senior Brandon Price also posted his fastest 8K at Harvard with a 24:20 finish, taking 39th overall.

Freshmen Murimi Nyamu (24:40) and Will Battershill (24:51) also broke the 25-minute mark, finishing in 79th and 94th respectively. Junior Gabe Montague (25:44) also scored for Harvard, finishing 202nd.

Harvard will send select runners to the New England Cross Country Championships next Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston.

13. Harvard - Paul Short Run
   29  Kieran Tuntivate, So        24:14    
   39  Brandon Price, Sr            24:20    
   79  Murimi Nyamu, Fr           24:40    
   94  Will Battershill, Fr            24:51    
  202  Gabe Montague, Jr          25:44    
  203  Nick Linder, So               25:45    
  213  Collin Price, So               25:52    

3.  Harvard  - Washington Invite     
  4 Smith, Courtney             Harvard             19:47.60                      
 10 Tertsch, Lisa                 Harvard              20:22.00                       
 20 Pendergast, Judy           Harvard             20:39.20               
 21 Dietz, Erin                     Harvard             20:40.70                            
 27 Shwayder, Elianna         Harvard             20:55.60                   
 33 Starn, Brooke                Harvard             21:07.30                               
 37 Rego, Eliza                   Harvard               21:22.20                          
 54 Meeks, Gillian               Harvard               21:51.30                        
 65 Davis, Fiona                 Harvard               22:11.10