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Women’s Cross Country Places Sixth, Men Take Seventh at Heptagonal Championships

The Harvard men's team finished seventh at Heps while the women took sixth (Photo Credit: Greg Carroccio/IvyLeaguesports.com)

Full Heptagonal Championships Coverage

PRINCETON, N.J. –
On an unseasonably cold, wintry day on the campus of Princeton, the Harvard cross country team competed at the 2011 cross country Heptagonal Championships Saturday. The women's team finished sixth on the day, placing a pair of runners in the top 21, while the men took seventh in the competition.  

Cornell eked out the women's title, totaling 49 points to Columbia's 52 to earn the league crown. Princeton took third with 94 points, followed by Yale (104), Dartmouth (119), Harvard (129), Brown (153) and Penn (226). The win is Cornell's first since 1998 and snaps a five-year streak of Princeton victories. Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino took the women's crown by a four-second margin.

Princeton earned its second straight title on the men's side, placing four runners in the top 10 for a winning total of 37 points. Columbia totaled 51 points for a second-place result, and was followed by Dartmouth (79), Brown (91), Cornell (125) and Yale (162). Harvard finished with 184 points on the day, ahead of Penn's 233-point total. Dartmouth's Ethan Shaw took the individual men's title.

As has been the trend this season, the senior tandem of Jeanne Mack and Kailyn Kuzmuk led the way for the Harvard women's squad. Mack turned in a top-15 performance, posting a time of 22:33.4 to take 13th in the race, while Kuzmuk's time of 22:55.8 was good for 21st overall. Rookie Viviana Hanley continued her solid freshman campaign, crossing the line as Harvard's third runner with a 26th-place time of 23:01.2. Sophomore Morgan Kelly was just five seconds back of Hanley in 31st with a time of 23:06.5 and freshman Alaina Alvarez was Harvard's final runner, placing 38th in 23:21.1.

Junior Jakob Lindaas was the men's top finisher for Harvard, placing 28th overall with a time of 25:41.6. Sophomore Aaron Watanabe was close behind, posting a 25:47.0 mark to finish 32nd. Junior Jeremy Gilmour finished four seconds back of Watanabe with a time of 25:51.2, good for 39th, and rookies Will Geiken (25:59.4, 41st) and Adam Cotton (26:04.3, 44th) rounded out the scorers for the Crimson men.

Upcoming competitions for the Crimson include the NCAA East Regionals Nov. 12 and the ECAC/IC4A Championships Nov. 19.