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Claire Richardson, Women's Cross Country

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a ninth-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday, Claire Richardson has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 4.

In a field of 202 runners and 20 teams, six of which are currently nationally ranked by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Richardson raced to a ninth-place finish, helping Harvard secure sixth as a team. Richardson’s time of 20:27.5 was only 14 seconds behind the meet’s top finisher and six seconds back of a top-five finish. Of the eight runners finishing in front of Richardson, six are competitors from nationally ranked schools.

This is Richardson’s second top-10 performance of the season after capturing second at the H-Y-P meet on September 24.