NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a pair of closely contested races, both the Harvard men's and women's cross-country teams were bested by Yale on Friday afternoon at the Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The Harvard women were beaten by a single point (27-28). For the second consecutive week, junior Anna Juul (17:46.0) and first-year Iz Sagar (17:57.0) paced the Crimson women in the 5000m race. Fellow scorers for the women were junior Brooke Starn (18:02.0), senior Gillian Meeks (18:20.0) and junior Judy Pendergast (18:30.0).
In the men's edition, the Crimson raced to 33 points on the 6000m course, with Harvard men placing in third, fourth and fifth. 2018 Ivy League Heps champion and Harvard senior Kieran Tuntivate (18:55.0) led the effort for the Crimson men, and was followed by junior Matthew Pereira (18:56.0). In addition to Tunitvate, and Pererira, other scorers for the Harvard men were first-year Acer Iverson (18:57.0), sophomore Blake Evertsen (19:02.0) and junior Michael Alber (19:35.0). Yale won the race by scoring 24 points.
- Juul bested her own personal record set at last weekend's Fordham Fiasco, beating her season debut time by nine seconds.
- A pair of first-years (Sagar and Iverson) were strong contributors for the Crimson, placing in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
- Every Harvard woman competitor improved on their time from last week's 5000m Fordham Fiasco.
Harvard cross country will stay local next weekend, competing at the Coast-to-Coast Battle of Beantown. The Boston College hosted event is set to take place at Franklin Park next Friday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.