BOSTON – Against a strong field including three ranked opponents, senior Kieran Tuntivate ran away with the Coast-to-Coast Battle for Beantown Friday afternoon at Franklin Park in Boston, finishing 12 seconds ahead of second-place. It was a statement win for the Wilmington, Del. native, who ran the 8000m course in 23:57.6, the fastest time of his collegiate career by nearly 20 seconds. Junior Matthew Pereira added to the Crimson effort snagging an 18th place mark, finishing with a time of 24:47.6. Other scorers for Harvard were junior Blake Evertsen who finished 40th, first-year Ben Hartvigsen in 41st, and sophomore David Melville with a 51st-place performance. The Crimson men's 151 points were good for a fourth-place team mark, beating ranked opponents No. 3 Washington and No. 21 Arkansas.
The Harvard women's cross-country team put up an equally impressive performance, also finishing in fourth place in the 22-team race. For a third consecutive week, first-year Iz Sagar was a strong performer for the Crimson. For the first time in her collegiate career, Sagar led the Harvard team, with an 11th place mark and a time of 17:34.6 on the 5000m course. Junior Brooke Starn (28th), sophomore Maya Rayle (30th) and senior Gillian Meeks (31st) formed a pack throughout the race that was evident in the results, as the three Crimson runners finished within three seconds of one another. Starn, Rayle and Meeks ran times 18:04.8, 18:06.5 and 18:07.5, respectively. Junior Tessa Medrano was the final Harvard scorer, finishing in 38th place with a time 18:14.2. The Crimson women, like the men, took down a pair of ranked opponents, No. 25 and Ivy League rival Dartmouth, as well as No. 29 Georgia Tech.
- Tuntivate's time of 23:57.6 marks the fastest event time since 2015 and the first Harvard champion of the event.
- The pair of fourth-place team performances are the best Harvard finishes in the Coast-to-Coast Battle for Beantown since the event began in 2013.
- Sagar's 11th place performance was the best female finish for a Harvard athlete since Courtney Smith placed fifth in 2015.
- Pereira moved from 56th place in the event a season ago to the top-20 in 2019, setting a personal-best 8000m time in the process.
- Hartvigsen made his career debut for the Crimson Friday, finishing in the top quarter of competitors.
Men's Select Results
- No. 13 Syracuse
- Stony Brook
- No. 3 Washington
Women's Select Results
- No. 27 Syracuse
- Boston College
- Wake Forest
- No. 29 Georgia Tech
Harvard will rest for two weeks before vying for the New England Championships on Oct. 12, when it returns to Franklin Park in Boston.