Cross Country Stays Local to Race at Battle for Beantown

Judy Pendergast races at the Fordham Fiasco.
Photo courtesy of Svenne Juul.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It will be a short trip for the men's and women's cross-country teams this Friday, Sept. 20, as they compete at Franklin Park in Boston at the Coast-to-Coast Battle for Beantown hosted by Boston College. The event is set to host 24 schools from across the country. The Harvard women will be racing 5000m, with the race commencing at 3:00 pm. The gun will sound for the men's 8000m at approximately 3:30 pm.

Harvard Athletics Marketing has arranged for a fan bus to pick up students at 68 Mount Auburn Street, departing at 1:30pm and returning at 5:30pm. At the pick up location, marketing representatives will hand out free pizza and t-shirts to Harvard students.

How to Follow:

Twitter: @HarvardTrack_XC
Meet Information
Directions to Franklin Park

What to Know:

  • Harvard sent four student-athletes to the event last year, with then junior Matthew Pereira leading the way for the Crimson, who finished in the top third of competitors.
  • Junior Anna Juul and first-year Iz Sagar have raced to a pair of top five performances in the first two events of the season to lead the Crimson.
  • The last time Harvard sent a full team to the event was in 2017, when the women placed in ninth and the men took 11th. 

At the Helm:

Jason Saretsky, William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, continues his 14th season at the head coach of men's and women's track and field and cross-country programs at Harvard in 2019-20. During his tenure with the Crimson, Saretsky has earned five Women's USTFCCCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year awards and has mentored 54 combined NCAA qualifiers.

Alex Gibby is in his third season as the associate head coach for cross country.

Up Next:

The Crimson will take a two-week hiatus from competition before vying for the New England Championships on Oct. 12, also held at Franklin Park in Boston.