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Final Major Regular-Season Races in Store

Princeton's Donn Cabral

PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight men's and women's Ivy cross country teams are in action Saturday, competing in their final major races prior to the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships on Oct. 29.

Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Pre-Nationals Invitational, hosted by Indiana State University. With 71 total men's teams and 80 women's teams in attendance, the meet will consist of two races for each gender. The first women's 6,000 gets underway at 11 a.m., with the second race at 11:35 a.m. The first men's 8,000 is at noon, followed by a second race at 12:50 p.m.

Nineteen men's squads ranked in the most recent U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 30 will be in attendance, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 Colorado and No. 5 Northern Arizona. Princeton is the top ranked team competing from the Ivy League, currently holding the No. 12 position. Dartmouth and Harvard both enter the meet as teams receiving votes.

On the women's side, 18 of the USTFCCCA Top 30 will be racing, led by No. 3 Florida State and No. 5 Goergetown. The Tigers are also the top Ivy women's team competing, currently ranked No. 15. The Crimson women are the top team receiving votes in the most recent national poll, and could move into the rankings with a quality performance this week.

In other action, Cornell, Penn and Yale all travel to University Park, Pa., for the Penn State National. The men's 5.2 mile race begins at 10 a.m. followed by the women's 6,000 meter at 11 a.m. Twenty-seven teams are scheduled to compete in the men's field while the women's field features 31 squads.

The men's field will feature No. 14 ranked Syracuse and No. 23, and host, Penn State. The women's field is led by No. 1 Villanova, No. 7 Syracuse and No. 30 Penn State.

Other Ivy action on Saturday includes Brown competing in the Rothenberg Race at Goddard State Park in Warwick, R.I., and Princeton hosting the Princeton Invitational on its home course. The men's 8k will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the women's 6k at 11:15 a.m.

Check back for a full weekend recap and links to all meet results.