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October 26, 2010

2010 Heps Men's Cross Country Championships Set For Friday

2010 Cross Country Championships Central

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2010 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships are set to get underway Friday, Oct. 29 as the Ancient Eight begin postseason racing at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y.

The women's 5k begins at 11 a.m., followed by the men's five-mile race at 11:45 a.m. The awards ceremony for both will take place by the Tortoise and the Hare statue on Broadway.

Complete individual and team results will be posted at ivyleaguesports.com immediately following the meet.

The following is a brief preview of the men's competition:

In 2009, Columbia broke Princeton's three-year hold on the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship team title by scoring its first title since 2004.

The Lions return four of their top five from 2009, led by senior Brandon Martin who placed fifth. Princeton has three back, including third place finisher Brian Leung. Harvard's Dan Chenoweth, last year's individual winner, is back for his senior season, as are Brown's Christian Escareno (2nd place in 2009) and Cornell's Nate Edelman (4th in 2009).

All top six individuals from last year's championship return in 2010, so Chenoweth has his work cut out for himself as he seeks to become the first repeat champion since Dartmouth's Ben True in 2005-06.

See below for a team-by-team breakdown:

Brown Bears -- Ranked No. 12 in the Northeast Region...return two of their top five from last year's championship, including Christian Escareno who placed second overall...placed fifth as a team in 2009...junior Matt Duffy has stepped up this season, including a solid 24:48.9 for first place on the 8k course at the Rothenberg Invitational Oct. 15.

Columbia Lions -- Receiving votes nationally and No. 4 in the Northeast Region...return four of their top five from last year's championship, including Brendan Martin who placed fifth overall...won the 2009 team title for the first time since 2004...Lion seniors Brendan Martin, Anthony Merra and Thomas Poland have led the way this season, with junior Justin Heck and sophomore Benjamin Veilleux following suit.

Cornell Big Red -- Ranked No. 6 in the Northeast Region...return two of their top five from last year's championship, including Nate Edelman who placed fourth overall...placed in a tie for third as a team in 2009...the senior trio of Edelman, Adrien Dannemiller and Matt De Silva have led the Big Red all season and look to do so into the postseason as well.

Dartmouth Big Green -- Receiving votes nationally and No. 3 in the Northeast Region...return their top two scorers from last year's championship, including Tom Robbins who placed ninth overall...placed in a tie for third as a team in 2009...senior Tom Robbins and junior Ethan Shaw have performed at the top of the Big Green lineup all fall...also infusing the lineup have been juniors Brad Kenimer and Peter Jankovksy and sophomores Jonathan Gault and Phil Royer.

Harvard Crimson -- Ranked No. 8 in the Northeast Region...return four of their top five from last year's championship, including individual title winner Dan Chenoweth...placed sixth as a team in 2009...Chenoweth will look to be the Ivy's first repeat champion since 2005-06 (Dartmouth's Ben True).

Penn Quakers -- Ranked No. 6 in the Mid-Atlantic Region...return two of their top five from last year's championship...placed eighth as a team in 2009...seniors Chris Baird, Phil Cawkwell and Luke Grau have led the way this fall...freshman Conner Paez has also quickly made himself known in the Quaker lineup.

Princeton Tigers -- Ranked No. 18 nationally and No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region...return three of their top five from last year's championship, including Brian Leung who placed third overall and Donn Cabral who placed sixth...placed second as a team in 2009 after winning the team title from 2006-08...Cabral has led the charge in 2010, including a sixth-place (23:36.1, 8k) finish at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16.

Yale Bulldogs -- Ranked No. 7 in the Northeast Region...return all five scorers from last year's championship, including Conor Dooney who placed 13th overall...placed seven as a team in 2009...Senior Jeff Perrella has consistently been one of the Bulldogs' top performers, along with Dooney, Max Walden and Jeremy Sheinbaum.