BUFFALO, N.Y. – On a cold, snowy day in Buffalo Friday, junior Kieran Tuntivate and sophomores Hugo Milner and Lisa Tertsch qualified for the NCAA National Championships. All three also garnered All-Region honors for finishing in the top 25. The women's team finished in eighth while the men's team placed 11th.
To qualify as an individual, a runner must finish as a top-four runner on a team that hasn't already qualified for nationals. This is the first time since 2012 the men have had two top-five finishers at NCAA Regionals and will be the first time since 2014 that someone has qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Tertsch continued from her strong showing at Ivy Heps, placing third at regionals, crossing the finish line at 21:40.4. She was the first Ivy finisher at the meet. Following Tertsch was Kathryn Gillespie (22:31.6) and Anna Juul (22:53.9) who finished in 29th and 48th, respectively. Closing out the scoring for the Crimson was 71st-place Gillian Meeks (23:16.1) and 84th-place Tessa Medrano (23:28.2).
Already with an Ivy Championship under his belt, Tuntivate ran strong throughout the race, but ultimately came in second with a time of 32:32.4 on the 10-kilometer course. Milner (32:50.7) followed closely, finishing fifth and securing his spot at nationals in Madison, Wisconsin next weekend. Rounding out the scoring team was David Melville (34:31.4) who finished in 65th, Kaeo Kruse (35:08.0) who ended in 106th, and Matthew Pereira (35:22.4) who came in 122nd.
- Three Harvard runners finished in the top five, including two on the men's side and one on the women's side. With the finish, they all qualify for the NCAA National Championships next weekend.
- This was the first time since 2014 the men's side has had multiple NCAA All-Region finishers.
- Lisa Tertsch was the first Ivy runner to cross the finish line when she crossed with a time of 21:40.4.
- The future looks promising with first-year David Melville, as he was the eighth-fastest rookie to cross the finish line.
Student-Athletes who qualified for the NCAA Championships will compete next weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, November 17th on the Thomas Zimmer Course.