Cross Country Prepares for Ivy League Heptagonal Championships

Ivy League Heps graphic.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to where the season began at Van Cortlandt Park, the Harvard cross country team will travel to the Bronx, N.Y. to race at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this Friday (Nov. 1). The women will get the action started running 6000m at 11:00 a.m., the men will follow at 12:00 p.m, an 8000m competition.

Senior Kieran Tuntivate will look to defend his title from a season ago, winning the 2018 edition (24:30.2) by one second over Princeton's Connor Lundy. Tuntivate has put together an impressive 2019 campaign, highlighted by a victory at the Coast-to-Coast Battle for Beantown. The top returner on the women's side is junior Brooke Starn, who finished in 33rd last year (21:36.5).

"I'm excited for Friday's race. Coach Gibby has done a remarkable job preparing both our men's and women's squads. There is so much history and tradition with the Heps. It is a great way to start the championship part of our schedule," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country.

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About the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships

The Ivy League Heptagonal Championships began in 1939, and has been held annually since the inaugural event (with the exception of 1944 due to World War II). The women's race began in 1977, and the Crimson was victorious. 

Harvard has captured 11 titles in the men's edition and seven wins in the women's event.

What to Know

  • The Harvard men placed second a season ago at Ivy League Heps, the team's best finish since 1984 against current Ivy League members, and the women finished in sixth.
  • Harvard's top runners in the men's race placed first (Tuntivate) and third (Hugo Milner), marked the best finish by a team's top two runners since Princeton finished first and second in 2012.
  • The Harvard women last captured the Ivy League Championship in 2016.
  • First-year Iz Sagar has been a top-two finisher for the Crimson in each of the team's first four meets.

What's Next

Harvard will race at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in two weeks on Fri., Nov. 15 in Buffalo, N.Y.