Women's Cross Country Takes 2nd at NCAA Northeast Regional

Women's Cross Country Takes 2nd at NCAA Northeast Regional

Harvard women's cross country recorded its highest ever finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.

Competing at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships at Van Cortlandt Park, the Harvard women's cross country team finished second place overall, its highest finish at the NCAA Regionals in program history. Junior Courtney Smith finished second overall in 20:13.90, leading a group of five Harvard runners who each finished in the top 26 of the race.

By virtue of placing second in the Northeast Regional, the women's team qualified for the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 2012.  

Competing against student-athletes from 40 teams across the Northeast, the Crimson fared well on the hilly course at Van Cortlandt Park.

Following Smith for Harvard was freshman Judy Pendergast, who placed sixth overall with a time of 20:38.00. Finishing third for the Crimson was Erin Dietz, who crossed the tape in 20:57.00. Dietz was followed by Elianna Shwayder, who finished 20th in 21:08.30. Freshman Lisa Tertsch was Harvard's fifth scorer, placing 26th with a time of 21:14.00.

Representing the Harvard men's team was sophomore Kieran Tuntivate, who placed 23rd overall with a time of 31:16.40 in the men's 10K race. Tuntivate's finish was the highest by a Harvard sophomore since Dan Chenoweth finished sixth in 2008.

By virtue of finishing in the top-25, Smith, Pendergast, Dietz, Shwayder, and Tuntivate all earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors.

The Harvard women's team will head to the NCAA National Championship, held at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 19.