Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Sweeps Northeast Regional Championships, Punches Ticket to Nationals

Harvard cross country team after winning NCAA Regionals.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Harvard men's and women's cross country teams have qualified for the NCAA National Championships next weekend in Terre Haute, Indiana after winning the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. on the campus of Buffalo University. The performance marks the first regional championship for both the men and women, as well as the first time that both Crimson teams will compete at nationals in the same year.

The Harvard women were ranked fifth entering the meet and defeated Ivy League foe No. 21 Columbia and No. 29 Syracuse en route to victory. The men were ranked fourth, and also were victorious over a pair of ranked opponents, No. 18 Syracuse and No. 8 Iona.

Junior Anna Juul continued her stellar season, leading the Crimson with a second-place performance on the 6000m road course (19:31.6). Senior captain Gillian Meeks raced to 18th place (20:00.4), while junior Judy Pendergast finished in 22nd (20:12.7). First-year Iz Sagar (20:14.0) and junior Brooke Starn (20:17.8) rounded out the Crimson scoring, placing in 24th and 26th, respectively. Juul, Meeks, Pendergast and Sagar earned All-Region honors.

Equaling his performance from the 2018 Northeast Regional Championships, senior Kieran Tuntivate finished in second place (28:51.1), finishing alongside teammate and fellow senior Will Battershill (28:51.2) in the 10,000m race. Just seconds behind the pair of seniors was first-year Colin Baker, who finished in fifth place (28:55.4) and was the top first-year in the region. Junior Matthew Pereira placed 20th (29:20.6) to earn All-Region honors and junior Hugo Milner clinched the Crimson win with a 29th place performance (29:39.9). 

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard won regionals for the first time in the men's and women's races and both teams have qualified for NCAAs in the same year for the first time in program history.
  • Harvard had eight All-Region performers (Juul, Meeks, Pendergast, Sagar, Tuntivate, Battershill, Baker and Pereira), the most of any team in either race.
  • The Crimson won by wide margins in both races: 34 points in the women's edition and 27 points in the men's.
  • In addition to Baker being the top performing first-year in the men's race, Sagar was the second-placing female in the women's race.
  • The Crimson women return to NCAAs for the first time since 2016 and the men for the first time since 2013. 

Up Next

Both Harvard teams will compete at the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 23.