BRONX, N.Y. – Racing at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Harvard men's and women's cross country teams made strong showings at the team's first postseason race of the season. The Crimson women opened the action, racing to a second-place performance, and the men equaled the effort an hour later.
Pacing the Crimson women was junior Anna Juul. The West Chester, Pa. native finished in third place by completing the 6000m course in 20:53.8. Following Juul was a pack of four Crimson women, finishing in 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Junior Judy Pendergast (21:56.8), first-year Iz Sagar (21:56.8), senior Gillian Meeks and junior Brooke Starn worked as a unit throughout the race, and the group's depth propelled the Crimson to its best finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships since 2016.
First-year Colin Baker (24:52.8), racing in just the second event of his Harvard career, led the Crimson men to a second-place finish as well. Baker was followed by senior Kieran Tuntivate (25:03.3), the champion of last year's event and junior Matthew Pereira who placed in 11th and 12th, respectively. Rounding out the Harvard scoring was a pair of 2018 All-Ivy performers, junior Hugo Milner (25:13.9) and senior Will Battershill (25:16.6).
"I'm really proud of both our women's and men's teams. Coach Gibby had them well prepared and they competed hard. I'm looking forward to how the team competes in Buffalo in two weeks at the NCAA Regionals" said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country.
- Juul was tabbed to the All-Ivy first-team, while Baker, Tuntivate and Pereira were second-team selections.
- The Crimson women jumped four spots after a sixth-place effort a season ago,
- Juul has been the top finisher for the Harvard women in each race she has competed in this season.
- Baker bested Milner's 11th place effort in 2017, the top finish by a Harvard first-year in recent history.
- The Harvard men have finished in second-place for two consecutive seasons, the team's two best finishes since 1984.
The Crimson will continue its championship season in Buffalo, N.Y. in two weeks at the NCAA Northeast Regionals hosted at Audubon Golf Course.