Cross Country Set For Ivy Heptagonal Championships at Van Cortlandt Park

Cross Country Set For Ivy Heptagonal Championships at Van Cortlandt Park

Erin Dietz and Collin Price will compete at the Ivy League Cross Country Heptagonal Championships on Friday. 

-- Harvard cross country heads to New York on Friday to compete in the Ivy League Cross Country Heptagonal Championships, held this year at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. Follow all progress on race day via the links below:


About the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
The Ivy League Heptagonal Championships began in 1939, and has been held every year since the inaugural event with the exception of 1944. The women's run began in 1977, which was claimed by Harvard. The Crimson has captured 10 titles on the men's side and seven in the women's competition.

This year, Ivy Cross Country Heps moves to Van Cortlandt Park in New York, with the women's race kicking off at 11 a.m., followed by the men's race at 12 p.m.

Last year, junior Courtney Smith won the individual title in 20:19.6 to lead the Harvard women's team to its first Heps title since 1985. The men's team, led by Kieran Tuntivate's 18th place finish, finished in eighth place. 

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 also are among Harvard's top runners.

- Freshmen on both the men's and women's teams have made an immediate impact, with Hugo Milner (Princeton Invite, Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown) and Abbe Goldstein (Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational) the top finishers for Harvard in two fall races each this season.

- On the men's side, Harvard is led by senior Tyler Spear and junior Collin Price who have been consistently among Harvard's top five finishers in races this fall.

- The Harvard women's team is currently ranked No. 13 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Rankings

A Look at the Field
Two Ivy League women's teams have earned national rankings – Columbia (24), and Dartmouth (30) – while Princeton's men's squad is receiving votes in the USTFCCCA national poll. Harvard is the reigning champion on the women's side, while Penn won the team championship on the men's side in 2016.

A Year Ago
Oct. 29, 2016 was a historic day for the Harvard women's cross country team at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at West Windsor Fields. Courtney Smith won the individual title in 20:19.6 to lead the Crimson to its first Heps title since 1985 and seventh overall in program history. Smith's finish, the first individual title for Harvard since Suzanne Jones in 1989, was part of an outstanding team performance for the Crimson. Harvard's top five finishers placed in the top 12 of the race, as the Crimson totaled 33 points, ahead of Yale (69 points), and Penn (77 points) on the podium. Smith was followed by freshman Erin Dietz, who placed fifth in 20:37.8 and Judy Pendergast, who finished sixth in 20:39.4. Lisa Tertsch, finished ninth in 20:47.6 and Elianna Shwayder placed 12th in 20:51.7 to round out the scoring for Harvard.

The men's team, led by Kieran Tuntivate's 18th place finish, finished in eighth place with 194 points. Tuntivate finished the 8K course in 24:16.8 – close behind was Brandon Price, who finished in 20th place in 24:19.8, his best showing at Heps in his Harvard career. Murimi Nyamu finished in 62nd with a time of 25:14.2, while classmate Will Battershill finished in 68th in 25:17.3. Tyler Spear was Harvard's fifth finisher, placing 73rd overall in 25:32.

Ivy League Network
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What's Next
Qualified Harvard runners will compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Buffalo, NY on Nov. 10.