Harvard Takes Second at Heptagonal Championships for Best Finish Since 1995

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.


NEW YORK CITY – Five Crimson runners finished in the top 20 at the 2009 Heptagonal Championships to help the Harvard women’s cross country team to a runner-up finish, its best performance at the conference since 1995.

Junior Claire Richardson was the top Harvard finishers, placing sixth overall for her second straight top 10 finish at Heps. Richardson crossed the finish line in 17:28 a new personal best. Freshman Sammy Silva finished 12th with a time of 17:53.7,while junior Eliza Ives was 15th 17:57.4 and sophomore Nicole Cochran came in one spot behind her in a time of 18:00.4. Sophomore Kailyn Kuzmuk rounded out the scoring, crossing the finish line in 20th place and with a time of 18:10.6.

Princeton won the meet with 15 points after taking the top five spots. The Crimson amassed 69 points to edge out Columbia by six points. Cornell was fourth with 97 points, followed by Brown with 119, Dartmouth with 167, Penn with 195 and Yale with 238.

The Crimson will be back in action in two weeks at the Northeast Regional, Nov. 14 at Franklin Park.