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Tuntivate Wins Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, Leads Men to Second, Women in 6th

Tuntivate Wins Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, Leads Men to Second, Women in 6th

Kieran Tuntivate crosses the finish line to win the Men's Ivy League Heptagonal Championship title. (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League)

PRINCETON, N.J. – A late kick from Kieran Tuntivate helped lead him past teammate Hugo Milner and a pack of Princeton runners to win the men's 2018 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship individual title held at the West Windsor Fields today (Oct. 27). 

Harvard was the only team to finish with a top-five finisher in both the men's and women's races, as Lisa Tertsch crossed the finish line in third with a time of 20:50.0. 

Tuntivate is the first men's champion since Maksim Korolev '14 won in 2013 and helped lead the Crimson to its best finish since 1976. Joining Tuntivate on the All-Ivy first team is sophomore Hugo Milner, who crossed the finish line in third with a time of 24:32.3. This is the first time since 1978 the Crimson has had multiple All-Ivy first team members when Ed Sheehan, John Murphy, and Peter Fitzsimmons accomplished the feat under then head coach William W. McCurdy. Coming in 12th, Will Battershill earned All-Ivy League second team honors with his 24:56.3 finish. 

Closing out the scoring for the Crimson was 17th-place Matthew Pereira (25:06.5) and 29th-place David Melville (25:25.7). With his finish, David Melville became the highest-finishing first year, beating out Yale's Cade Brown with a late push.

The Harvard men trailed only Princeton (30 points) en route to a second-place finish while edging out Dartmouth (67 points), Penn (95 points), and Columbia (98 points). 

Following Tertsch was sophomore Abbe Goldstein, who came in sixth with a time of 21:03.4. This is the first time since the women won the 2016 Ivy League Heps Championship that the Crimson has had multiple All-Ivy first team members. Closing out the scoring for Harvard was senior Kathryn Gillispie (24th, 21:25.1), junior Brooke Starn (33rd, 21:36.5), and sophomore Anna Juul (43rd, 21:45.1).

The Crimson finished in sixth overall as Columbia won the team title.

Harvard Highlights

  • Kieran Tuntivate is the first men's Ivy Heps winner since Maksim Kolorev '14 and is the 10th men's runner to win the individual championship.
  • The men had three All-Ivy finishers, the most since the team had three first-team honorees in 1978.
  • Both the men and women's teams combined for five total All-Ivy honorees, marking the first time since 1978 (three men, two women) that the team has accomplished the feat.
  • David Melville crossed the finish line as the top finishing first-year among all runners at Heps. This is the second straight year the Crimson has done this as sophomore Hugo Milner accomplished this in 2017.
  • Abbe Goldstein improved on her 2017 freshman campaign where she came in 23rd, earning All-Ivy first team honors and coming in 6th in 2018.

Next Up
The Crimson travels to Buffalo, New York on Nov. 9th for the NCAA Cross Country Northeast Regional Championship.

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