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September 17, 2010

Six Ivy Cross Country Squads in Action This Week

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second week of racing gets underway Saturday, Sept. 18 for six Ivy League men's and women's cross country squads.

While Dartmouth and Princeton take the week off from competition, half of the Ivy League travels to Van Courtlandt Park in New York to compete in the 16th Annual Dr. John "Paddy" Doyle Iona College Meet of Champions. Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Penn compete in the 19-team men's field and 18-team women's field.

The Crimson women's squad is the reigning team champion, claiming four of the top six places in 2009. Harvard's then-freshman Sammy Silva won the 6K race in 22:35.43 while Jeanne Mack placed third, Kailyn Kuzmuk was fifth and Nicole Cochran was sixth. All four Crimson runners are back this fall and will seek a back-to-back title for Harvard.

Cornell travels to Colgate University where the women will compete in the Colgate Invitational and the men will race in a tri-meet against Colgate and Syracuse.

Yale is the final Ivy team racing this weekend, sending an abbreviated squad to the Quinnipiac Invitational in Hamden, Conn. The invitational will be a tri-meet with Stonehill and host Quinnipiac. In 2009, each Bulldog squad placed fourth in their respective field of 11 teams.