MADISON, Wisc. – Led by junior Courtney Smith's sixth place finish, the Harvard women's cross country team finished 15th at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. Harvard recorded 357 points, with Smith, freshman Lisa Tertsch (57th) and freshman Erin Dietz (82nd) all placing in the top-100 at an event that featured 17 of the top 30 in the latest USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll.
Harvard's team finish was the program's best at the Wisconsin event since an 18th place showing in 2013.
Competing on a challenging course with rolling hills and valleys, including a section of dense woods, Smith was Harvard's top finisher for the third time in three races this season. She recorded her best finish in three years at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in the women's championship 6k race, crossing the finish line in 20:09.2. Tertsch continued her impressive debut for Harvard, finishing in 21:01.8 in her second event of the fall. Dietz completed the course in 21:14.9.
Rounding out the scorers for Harvard were junior Elianna Shwayder, who placed 103rd with a time of 21.28.9, and freshman Judy Pendergast who finished 109th in 21:32.0. Freshmen Eliza Rego (22:00.2, 154th) and Brooke Starn (22:44.9, 189th) also competed in the women's championship race.
Earlier in the day in the women's open race, Harvard's Gillian Meeks placed 48th in 22:24.7 to lead the Crimson. Junior Fiona Davis finished in 55th with a time of 22:27.1 and senior Madeline Ankhelyi placed 112th in 23:52.9.
The Harvard women's team will next compete on Oct. 29 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted by Princeton at West Windsor Fields.