Cross Country Heads to Franklin Park for Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown

Cross Country Heads to Franklin Park for Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown

Harvard cross country is back in action tomorrow afternoon at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. (Tom Connelly)

– Harvard cross country will compete in Boston this Friday at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, held at Franklin Park. The women's 5K is scheduled to go off at 3 p.m. and the men's 8K at 3:30 p.m. The combined men's and women's 5K will go off at 4:15 p.m.

The Race
Friday's race is the fifth annual Coast-to-Coast Battle, hosted by Boston College. The race will feature 18 teams including three ranked teams including three ranked men's squads Syracuse (No. 3), Indiana (No. 21) and Illinois (No. 27), and three ranked women's teams – Providence (No. 7), Indiana (No. 18), and Georgetown (No. 25).

Participating Teams
Boston College
Boston University
UMass Amherst
UMass Lowell

Follow Along
You can follow live results throughout the race at Millennium Running.

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 is currently ranked No. 6 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Rankings.

The Last Time Out
The Harvard men's and women's teams started their seasons last weekend at Yale participating in the annual H-Y-P Meet.

The women's team finished third with 63 points. Individually, Senior Elianna Shwayder (14:07.4) finished fifth, with freshman Abbe Goldstein (14:07.8) finishing sixth in her first collegiate race.

On the men's side, Harvard placed second with 36 points. Top finishers included junior Collin Price (19:32.8) who placed second, and senior Tyler Spear (19:33.6) finishing right behind him in third.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

Up Next
The men and women's teams will stay local for another home race at Franklin Park when they compete at the New England Championships on Oct. 7.