CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time in program history, the No. 23 Harvard men's cross country team and No. 25 women's team will compete at the NCAA National Championships in the same year. The Crimson will travel to Terre Haute, Indiana to race at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course on Saturday, Nov. 23, with the women's race beginning at 11:15 a.m. and the men's race commencing at 12:15. The race will be live-streamed on FloTrack ($).
The Crimson returns to competition after both the men and women captured the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, both teams' first victory in the competition. Junior Anna Juul (19:31.6) placed second in the women's race and senior Kieran Tuntivate (28:51.1) also finished in second.
Tuntivate and junior Hugo Milner will return to nationals for a consecutive season, with the pair finishing in 47th (30:06.1) and 60th (30:22.0), respectively.
Associate Head Coach for Cross Country Alex Gibby was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year Tuesday (Nov. 19), the only coach in any region to receive both the men's and women's award.
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-The Harvard men have nine NCAA championship team appearances, with the most recent coming in 2013. The women have competed at the NCAA meet six times, most recently in 2016.
-The men's best team finish at nationals came in 1968, a ninth-place effort. Maksim Korolev '14 placed third individually in 2013. The women's top team performance was fourth in 1982, and Jenny Stricker '86 placed sixth as an individual at NCAAs.
-Harvard had eight All-Region performers (Juul, senior Gillian Meeks, junior Judy Pendergast, first-year Iz Sagar, Tuntivate, senior Will Battershill, first-year Colin Baker and junior Matthew Pereira) on Friday in Buffalo, N.Y.
-The Harvard men (No. 23) and women (No. 25) are both ranked in the USTFCCCA poll for the first time, and the men's ranking is the highest since 2013 and the women's ranking is the highest since 2016.
The Crimson cross country teams will return to competition in Fall 2020.