Cross Country Heads to New York for NCAA Northeast Regionals

Maksim Korolev looks to continue strong season after winning Ivy League individual title.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard cross country heads to Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale, N.Y., for the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships Friday, Nov. 15.

The meet, hosted by Manhattan College, will feature 39 men's teams and 40 women's squads. The men will run a 10K starting at 11:45 a.m. The women's 6K championship event will begin at 1 p.m. Representing the Crimson men will be Kellen Blumberg, Adam Cotton, Will Geiken, Maksim Korolev, James Leakos, Nephat Maritim, Tom Purnell and Kurt Ruegg. Running from the women's squad will be Madeleine Ankhelyi, Sarah Gillespie, Jen Guidera, Viviana Hanley, Morgan Kelly, Selena Pasadyn, Emily Reese, Molly Renfer and Erika Veidis.

Last Time Out
Senior Maksim Korolev ran a conference-record 23:28.2 in the 8K to take home the Ivy League individual title at the Heptagonal Championships. The Crimson men finished fourth overall, while the women took home a third-place finish.

Korolev crushed the previous Ancient Eight record by 13.6 seconds and beat out second-place finisher Nico Composto from Columbia by over 16 seconds. Junior Viviana Hanley paced the Harvard women's team with and eighth-place finish (20:47.3), crossing just over a second before senior Morgan Kelly, who took ninth (20:48.8).

Harvard at Regionals
The Harvard men's team has captured two regional titles in its history, with its most recent championship coming in 1976. A fourth-place finish in 2006 represents the men's best in recent years, and the squad has recorded top-15 finishes in each of its last five competitions. Last year, Harvard finished sixth, marking its best result since 2006, and also saw Maksim Korolev and James Leakos qualify for nationals. Korolev finished second overall of 239 runners with a time of 30:16.2, while Leakos ranked No. 5 overall.

The women's squad has three regional titles to its credit, capturing three straight from 1981-83. 2008 nearly saw the women capture their fourth trophy, as the squad placed second at the regional event. Last season, Harvard placed sixth overall behind junior Emily Reese's 19th-place finish (20:27.9). Viviana Hanley crossed just behind (20th) with a time of 20:36.2.