Cross Country Readies for Ivy Heptagonal Championships at Princeton

Cross Country Readies for Ivy Heptagonal Championships at Princeton

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard cross country travels to Princeton, New Jersey Saturday to compete in the Ivy League Cross Country Heptagonal Championships, held at the West Windsor Fields. The women's race will begin at 11 a.m. while the men start at 12 p.m.


What to Know

  • The women last won the Heps Championship in 2016, which also was the last time Harvard won the individual championship as well.
  • The men look to reclaim the Ivy Heps Championship for the first time since 1972 and have won four individual championships since then. Most recently, Maksim Korolev '14 crossed the finish line in 23:28.2 during the 2013 Ivy Heps Championship.
  • Sophomore Hugo Milner looks to improve on his 11th-place All-Ivy finish from a year ago. He led all freshman in the Ancient Eight at the race.
  • Nine of Harvard's 10 scorers from last year's Heps returned for the 2019 season.
  • Familiar faces led the men's team as Hugo MilnerKieran Tuntivate, and Will Battershill have finished in the top three at the past two meets, while Milner and Battershill have been top three at their past three competitions. 

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 the West Windsor Fields in New Jersey, with the women's race kicking off at 11 a.m., followed by the men's race at 12 p.m. 

At the Helm
Jason Saretsky is in his 13th 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 51 combined NCAA qualifiers at Harvard. 

Alex Gibby enters his second season as the associate head coach for cross country, leading both the men's and women's teams to USTFCCCA Team All-Academic Awards.

Next Up
The Crimson travels to Buffalo, New York Nov. 9th for the NCAA Cross Country Northeast Regional Championship.