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