Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.
The Harvard men’s and women’s cross country teams open their season Saturday, Sept. 19 at the 15th Annual Br. “Paddy” Doyle/ Iona College Meet of Champions.
Schedule of Events:
9:30 a.m. – Women’s Championship 6k
10:15 – Men’s Championship 8k
Twenty-seven schools will be presented at the Meet of Champions. Two Division I men’s teams and one women’s team are ranked in the USTFCCCA Preseason top 20, while one Division II men’s and one women’s team are also ranked among the best in the nation.
On the men’s side, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 7 Iona will top contenders for the team title. Edinboro is the top DII team and is ranked 11th in the nation. In the women’s race, No. 15 Wisconsin will be the team to beat. Edinboro is the top DII team and is ranked 15th in the nation.
Harvard will look to challenge in the team race, especially against teams ranked above them in the region. Stony Brook is fourth on the women’s side, while Harvard is seventh and Yale is 12th. In the men’s race, Iona is the top ranked team in the nation, while Harvard is sixth, Yale is 12th and Stony Brook is 13th.
A Family Affair
The men’s and women’s rosters have several similar names this fall. Juniors Claire Richardson and Cara Sprague welcome their younger brothers Stewart and Kevin to Cambridge this fall. Newcomer Phil Galebach also has a recent connection to Harvard as older brother, Tim, donned the Crimson and White just two seasons ago.
Our Home Away from Home
Harvard will compete at New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park three times this fall. This weekend is the first trip to the Bronx borough for the Crimson. Harvard returns Oct. 30 for the Heptagonal Championships and Nov. 21 for the ECAC/IC4A Championships.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson hosts rival Yale at Franklin Park on Oct. 2 in the first of two meets on Harvard’s home course. The Crimson will also compete on its home course for the NCAA Northeast Region Nov. 14.
On the Horizon
Harvard returns to action against Yale, Oct. 2 at Franklin Park. The men’s race begins at 1 p.m., followed by the women at 1:30 p.m.