Junior Elianna Shwayder recorded her best individual cross-country result, finishing 3rd at the New England Championships. (Gil Talbot)
FRANKLIN PARK, Mass. – Junior Elianna Shwayder finished third overall to lead the Harvard women's cross country team to a second place showing at the New England Cross Country Championships. For Harvard, it was the team's second straight top-3 finish coming off last weekend's third place showing at the Washington Invitational.
Competing on a 5K course equal parts on flats and hills just five miles from downtown Boston, Harvard placed three runners in the top 20, including Shwayder, who recorded the best finish of her Harvard cross-country career, and her best collegiate 5K time in 17:46.1. Joining Shwayder in the top-20 were a pair of freshman runners, Eliza Rego (16th) and Brooke Starn (17). Rego recorded her best 5K time, finishing in 18:18.4, while Starn also set a personal mark with a 18:20.2 finish.
Freshman Gillian Meeks finished in 45th place, recording a time of 18:46.3, while junior Fiona Davis placed 56th in 18:53.5 to round out the scoring for the Crimson.
Harvard will split next weekend and compete at three events, the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Princeton Invite on Oct. 15, and the Pre-National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., also on Oct. 15.
2nd - HARVARD - 137 points
3) Elianna Shwayder - 17:46.1
16) Eliza Rego - 18:18.4
17) Brooke Starn - 18:20.3
45) Gillian Meeks - 18:46.3
56) Fiona Davis - 18:53.5