Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, Brown Invite On Tap for Cross Country Friday

The Harvard women placed sixth at last year's Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, defeating a pair of nationally-ranked teams (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Meet Website

The Particulars
The Harvard cross country team returns to action Friday as the team will send runners to the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and the Brown Invitational. This will be the first time in the three-year history of the Wisconsin meet that both the Harvard men and women will participate.

The Wisconsin Adidas Invitational
Wisconsin will host over 80 of the top men's and women's cross country squads from around the country in Friday's meet. The No. 2 Badgers highlight the men's side of the event while No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 BYU, No. 7 Indiana, No. 9 NC State and No. 10 Oregon will also vie for the men's title. The women's race features the top two teams in the nation in No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Providence, while No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 New Mexico, No. 8 Syracuse and No. 9 Iowa State will also be in the loaded field.

Last season, the Harvard women made a splash at the meet, finishing sixth out of 20 teams and downing nationally-ranked Florida and Wisconsin in the process. Claire Richardson '11 led the Crimson with a ninth-place finish of 20:28 and Jeanne Mack was next with a 24th-place time of 20:50.

The Brown Invitational
The Crimson will face a number of local foes in the 2011 Brown Invitational at Goddard Park, R.I. Last season, the men's team placed second behind the host Bears while the women turned in a fifth-place finish in a seven-team field. Paul Koullick led the men's team with an eighth-place finish, completing the course in 26:06.10. Teammate Jakob Lindaas was right behind in ninth and Kellen Blumberg crossed the line in 11th. Kirsten Jorgensen led the women with a 13th-place finish and Eliza Ives '11 was close behind in 15th.

Last Time Out
A muddy course on the campus of Lehigh couldn't hold up the Harvard cross country team as both the men and women posted top-15 finishes Friday at the Paul Short Invitational.

James Leakos led the Crimson with a time of 24:14, good for fifth in a field of over 400 runners, and first among Ivy League competitors. Freshman Billy Orman came in at 24:58 in 32nd position and second among first-year runners, and Kurt Ruegg crossed the line in 25:11. After a tough start, sophomore Kellen Blumberg vaulted into 96th with a time of 25:32 and Harvard's final scorer, sophomore Maksim Korolev, turned in a time of 25:32, good for 98th overall.

After leading the Crimson attack at the HY(P) meet, Kailyn Kuzmuk was once again the strongest runner for Harvard, placing 73rd with a time of 21:51. Jeanne Mack was right on her heels with a time of 22:01, finishing in 83rd position, while sophomore Emily Reese was just four seconds off Mack's pace with a 90th-best time of 22:05. Freshmen Viviana Hanley (95th, 22:09) and Alaina Alvarez (106th, 22:18) were the final scorers for the Crimson on the day.   

Up Next
After a busy Friday, the Crimson will have two weeks to prepare for the Heptagonal Championships. The Ivy League championship meet will take place in Princeton, N.J., Oct. 29.