Men’s Cross Country Achieves Best NCAA Finish in Half Century; Women Place 31st

Photo showing the Harvard men's cross country team at the NCAA Championships.
Photo courtesy of Walt Middleton.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – On a cold and rainy day in western Indiana, the Harvard men's (No. 23) and women's (No. 25) cross country teams competed at the NCAA National Championships in the same season for the first time in program history. The Harvard men finished in 15th place and the Crimson women placed 31st against top national competition at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Senior Kieran Tuntivate (31:12.7) finished in 28th place as an individual to earn USTFCCCA All-America honors, the best performance by a Harvard men's runner since Maksim Korolev '14 finished in third place as a senior in 2013. First-year Colin Baker placed 48th for the Crimson, clocking a time of 31:29.5 on the 10,000m course. Junior Matthew Pereira finished in the top-100 of the race, finishing in 75th (31:44.4). Rounding out the scoring for Harvard was senior Will Battershill (32:01.8) who finished in 108th and junior Hugo Milner, placing 196th (32:57.4).

The Harvard women were led by junior NCAA Elite 90 winner Anna Juul, finishing in the top-100 (94th) with a time of 21:13.2 in the 6000m race. First-year Iz Sagar (21:54.8), junior Brooke Starn (22:07.1), senior Gillian Meeks (22:32.2) and junior Judy Pendergast (22:31.2) all scored for the Crimson women.

Harvard Highlights

  • The Harvard men's 15th place finish is the third best in school history and highest since 1968 when the Crimson finished ninth.
  • Juul received the NCAA Elite 90 recognition at the awards ceremony, see the full release here.
  • With his performance today, Tuntivate becomes the seventh cross country men's All-American in Harvard history.
  • Baker was the second true first-year overall in the nation's premier collegiate cross country race.

Up Next

The NCAA Championships concludes the 2019 season, Harvard cross country will return to action in Fall 2020.