Captains, Award Winners Named at Cross Country’s Annual Banquet

Harvard cross country wrapped its season with its annual banquet at the Harvard Faculty Club.  

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard cross country wrapped an outstanding 2013 season with its annual banquet, held at the Harvard Faculty Club Tuesday night.

For the second-straight year, senior Maksim Korolev earned the J.D. "Don" French '56 Memorial Cross Country Award, given to "the team member who best combines the qualities of team inspiration, enthusiasm, improvement and ardent belief in the values of the sports and athletics at Harvard." Korolev earned USTFCCCA Cross Country All-America honors after coming in third at the NCAA Championships. The Harrisonville, Mo., native also won the NCAA Regionals and set a conference record in his win at Heps.

Junior Will Geiken was tabbed the Jaako Mikkola Award winner as "the team member who, through continued and conscientious effort for team success, has shown noteworthy improvement in physical performance." Geiken consistently improved throughout the season, finishing 39th at regionals and second for the Crimson at the NCAA Championships.

Junior Viviana Hanley was named the Kate Wiley Women's Cross Country Award as the team's most valuable performer. A USTFCCCA All-Region honoree, Hanley also earned second team All-Ivy honors after finishing eighth at the conference meet.

The Jerry Kanter Improvement Award, presented to the upperclassman that has shown the most improvement, went to junior Molly Renfer. Renfer found her stride towards the end of the season, finishing 30th at the NCAA Northeast Regionals with a time of 21:08.4.

The team also announced its captains for the 2014 season at the banquet. Geiken will serve as captain of the men's squad, while Alaina Alvarez and Jen Guidera will share the responsibility of leading the women's team.