Cross Country Men Enter USTFCCCA Poll at No. 21

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time since USTFCCCA records began (1998), the Harvard men's cross country team has entered the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Coaches Polls at No. 21, the organization announced Tuesday.

"It is nice to be nationally recognized and our men's team has been working hard to get to this point," said Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "Our guys have a lot of confidence right now and I'm excited for what is still to come. I'm also excited to see the women's team getting so many votes.  Everyone is fired up for the championship season to begin."

The Crimson enters the coaches' poll after two top-10 finishers at the Wisconsin adidas Inviational, including Maksim Korolev who finished second overall with a time of 23:14. Senior James Leakos placed 10th with a time of 23:33.

The Harvard women's cross country team sits just outside the USTFCCCA Poll with 15 votes. The Crimson women were paced by senior Morgan Kelly at Wisconsin, who ran the 6K in 20:39.  

Harvard will be off from competition this week in preparation for the Heptagonals. The Crimson will head to Princeton, N.J., in pursuit of a men's and women's Ivy League title Nov 2.