Cross Country's Tuntivate Wins Battle for Beantown in Runaway; Harvard Captures Pair of Fourth-Place Finishes

Kieran Tuntivate runs away with victory at Coast to Coast Battle for Beantown.
Photo courtesy of Boston College Athletics.

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.

Harvard Highlights

  • 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

  1. No. 13 Syracuse
  2. Army
  3. Stony Brook
  4. Harvard
  5. No. 3 Washington

Women's Select Results

  1. No. 27 Syracuse
  2. Boston College
  3. Wake Forest
  4. Harvard
  5. No. 29 Georgia Tech

Up Next

Harvard will rest for two weeks before vying for the New England Championships on Oct. 12, when it returns to Franklin Park in Boston.