MADISON, Wis. – The Harvard cross country teams returned to action Friday, competing in the Nuttycombe Invitational hosted by Wisconsin. The Crimson men finished with a 28th place effort in Madison while the women took 32nd. Both teams competed against elite fields, as each race had 20 nationally ranked teams. The Crimson also sent a trio of individuals to the Rothenberg Run in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Pacing the Crimson men was senior Kieran Tuntivate, who ran the 8000m course in 24:21.4, good for 57th place. Just one second behind Tuntivate was first-year Colin Baker (24:22.4), who ran in his first career appearance for the Crimson. Junior Will Battershill also made his first appearance of the season for Harvard, completing the race at the Zimmer Championship Course in a time of 25:04.0. Rounding out the scoring for the Crimson were first-year Acer Iverson (25:21.1) and senior Matthew Pereira (25:32.9).
On the women's side, first-year Iz Sagar led the way, finishing in 75th place with a time of 21:08.1. Also competing for the Crimson were junior Brooke Starn (21:26.0), senior Gillian Meeks (21:29.0), sophomore Maya Rayle (21:58.0) and first-year Shaked Leibovitz (23:32.4).
Racing at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, sophomore Caleb Moore (26:40.7) competed in the men's race while juniors Eliza Rego (18:53.0) and Carolina Beroutsos (19:25.6) raced in the women's edition. Rego was the top overall finisher for Harvard, claiming the final spot in the top-ten.
- Sagar was the top-placing female for the second consecutive meet.
- Iverson improved his time from the Coast-to-Coast Battle for Beantown by three seconds.
- Both Sagar and Baker finished as the seventh-place first-year in their respective races.
- The Harvard men defeated Ivy League foe Columbia who finished in 35th place.
- Baker and Battershill made their first appearances of the season for Harvard.
The Harvard teams will race for the Ivy League Heps Championship on Friday, Nov. 1 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. The Crimson men will look to improve on a second-place performance a year ago and the women will look to best their sixth-place effort last fall.