PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy cross country teams had a busy two weekends of action in the middle of October, getting in their final set of major regular-season races in before the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships on Oct. 29.
The Columbia men and women swept the 2011 Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt. The Cornell men won the Princeton Invitational, while the part of the Cornell women’s team took first at the Yellow jacket Invitational. Other team victories included the Yale women taking first at the Princeton Invitational and the Brown men capturing the Rothenberg Invitational title.
The Ivies had several teams fare well at highly competitive races against nationally ranked fields as well. Columbia, Harvard and Princeton each sent their men’s and women’s squads to race in the adidas Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, Oct. 14. On the men’s side, 21 of the 39 teams entered the race ranked and Princeton finished fourth and Columbia 18th to lead the Ivies. Tiger senior Donn Cabral led the way with a fourth-place showing, finishing in a time of 23:31. Arizona freshman Lawi Lalang won in 23:10. Princeton senior Brian Leung was the next Ivy finisher, clocking in at 24:16 to place 29th. On the women's side, Princeton senior Alex Banfich finished fourth overall, with the Tigers placing 25th and Columbia finishing 28th.
On Oct. 16, the Cornell women’s team as well as both squads from Dartmouth raced in the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. The Big Red women finished fifth in the 37-team field, while the Big Green turned in a seventh place showing on the 6k course. Dartmouth’s Abbey D'Agostino fished second overall in a time of 20:23, just four seconds behind first place finisher Risper Kimaiyo of Utep. Cornell’s Katie Kellner finished 15th in a time of 21:06. On the men’s side, Dartmouth finished 10th out of 36 teams on the 8k course that will be used for the 2011 NCAA Championships. Senior Ethan Shaw paced the Big green on the day, running to a 24th-place finish in 24:44.
The 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships will take place on Oct. 29 at the West Windsor Fields, Princeton, N.J. The men’s 8k race will begin at 11 a.m., with the women’s 6k race scheduled for a noon start. An awards ceremony will then be held at 1:00 p.m.
Complete USTFCCCA Polls
The latest national U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polls were released on Oct. 17 and 18. In the men's poll, Princeton used its fourth place showing in Wisconsin to crack the top-10 for the first time since 1998. The Tigers moved up five spots from 14th to ninth. The Columbia men are now 28th. On the women’s side, Cornell moved from the receiving votes category to 25th, while Princeton dropped from 28th to receiving votes. The next set of updated polls will be released on Nov. 1.
– Men – Oct. 17
1. Princeton (Mid-Atlantic)
3. Columbia (Northeast)
5. Brown (Northeast)
6. Dartmouth (Northeast)
7. Cornell (Northeast)
9. Harvard (Northeast)
10. Yale (Northeast)
12. Penn (Mid-Atlantic)
– Women – Oct. 17
3. Cornell (Northeast)
4. Yale (Northeast)
5. Princeton (Mid-Atlantic)
7. Dartmouth (Northeast)
8. Columbia (Northeast)
8. Penn (Mid-Atlantic)
10. Brown (Northeast)
13. Harvard (Northeast)
Men & Women: XC Competes at New England Championships
Men: Cross Country Claims Rothenberg Invitational Title
Men & Women: XC Sweeps 2011 Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park
Men & Women: Men Finish 18th, Women Place 27th at Wisconsin adidas Invitational
Men: Men’s Cross Country Finishes Second at New Englands
Men: Cross Country Places 10th at Pre-Nationals
Women: Cross Country Takes Fifth at New Englands
Women: Abbey D’Agostino Paces Big Green at Pre-Nationals
Men & Women: Cross Country Faces Nation's Best at Wisconsin adidas Invitational
Men: XC & Cabral 4th at Wisconsin Invitational
Men: Cross Country Takes 2nd at Princeton Invitational
Women: Banfich 4th at Wisconsin Invitational
Women: XC Finishes 5th at Princeton Invitational