Cross Country Opens 2017 Season With BC Dual

Cross Country Opens 2017 Season With BC Dual

Harvard cross country is back in action tomorrow afternoon against Boston College at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

Harvard cross country opens the 2017 season with a dual meet against Boston College at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 1). The teams will be running two laps around the 1.56-mile reservoir.

Hitting The Trail
- The Harvard women's team returns three of its top five scorers from its 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal championship-winning team, including team captain, senior Elianna Shwayder, a USTFCCCA All-Region honoree. Junior Erin Dietz (USTFCCA All-Region) and sophomore Lisa Tertsch will also headline a Crimson squad that earned its first team bid to the NCAA National Championships since 2012, placing 26th overall.

- On the men's side, Harvard will be led by junior captain Kieran Tuntivate, who placed 18th at Heps last fall, and was a USTFCCCA All-Region selection after finishing 23rd at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. Sophomore Will Battershill, fresh off a standout spring campaign in the 3000m steeplechase, will also be a force for the Crimson.

- The Harvard women's team begins the season ranked No. 25 in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, and No. 2 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Rankings.

Scouting BC
The Eagles' top men's runner, junior Sean Burke, will return this season after completing an impressive sophomore year in which he qualified for the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. On the women's side senior Isabelle Kennedy, another NCAA qualifier, finished in second place overall at the ACC Championships with a time of 19:51.7 in a field of 131 total runners.

At the Helm
Jason Saretsky is in his 12th season as the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, and during his tenure the Crimson has landed 30 student-athletes on All-America teams. A five-time Women's USTFCCCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year winner, Saretsky has mentored 47 combined NCAA qualifiers at Harvard.

Alex Gibby joins the staff as associate head coach for cross country after serving as head coach of the program at UNC-Charlotte for the past three seasons.

Ivy League Network
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What's Next?
Harvard heads to New Haven, Conn. for the annual H-Y-P Meet on Sept. 15, hosted by Yale on The Course at Yale.