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Harvard Women Take Fifth, Men Finish Sixth at Cross Country Heps

(Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications). 

BRONX, N.Y. –
The Harvard men's and women's cross country teams each placed a runner in the top six as the women claimed fifth place and the men took sixth at the 2010 Cross Country Heptagonal Championships, Friday morning at Van Cortlandt park.

Princeton captured the men's and women's team titles, placing four runners in the top 10 in each race and claiming both the men's and women's individual titles as well. On the men's side, Dartmouth finished second behind the Tigers (33) with 55 points, and was followed by Columbia (94), Penn (118), Cornell (126), Harvard (141), Yale (149) and Brown (188). The Princeton women (33) were followed by Columbia (60), Brown (63), Cornell (98), Harvard (121), Penn (168), Dartmouth (177) and Yale (182).

Senior Daniel Chenoweth followed up his first-place performance from 2009 with a runner-up finish to lead the Crimson men. Chenoweth covered the 8K course in 24:14.0, placing second behind Princeton's Donn Cabral who ran a time of 24:03.8. Freshman Aaron Watanabe turned in a solid performance in his first Heps event, placing 22nd with a time of 25:11.1. Junior Michael Hoffman was the third Harvard runner to finish, running a time of 25:27.5, and was followed by rookies James Leakos (35th, 25:29.5) and Kellen Blumberg (49th, 25:51.4), the final Crimson scorers.

 Sophomore Jeanna Mack fronted the Harvard women's effort with a time of 17:29.6 on the 5K course, good for sixth place overall. Junior Nicole Cochran worked her way into the top 15 with a 14th-place time of 17:53.4 and classmate Kailyn Kuzmuk wasn't far behind in 26th place, posting an 18:06.9 mark. Veteran Eliza Ives crossed the line in 36th place overall with a time of 18:25.5, and sophomore Sammy Silva's time of 18:28.1 was good for 39th in the standings.

Next on the schedule for Harvard is the NCAA Regional Meet, taking place at Hammonasett Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., Saturday Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.