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Dartmouth's Shaw Claims the 2011 Men's Heptagonal Cross Country Individual Title, Princeton Wins Team Championship

Dartmouth's Ethan Shaw claimed the individual title at the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship.

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- In one of the closest finishes in event history, Dartmouth's Ethan Shaw claimed the 2011 individual Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship, besting Columbia's Kyle Merber by one-hundredth of a second in an exciting finish that saw Shaw catch and then pass Merber on the final straightaway. The runners overcame harsh winds, rain and then snow throughout the race, which was contested at Princeton's West Windsor fields. Under the severe conditions, experience ruled the day, as the top six finishers were all seniors.

Led by third-place finisher Donn Cabral, Princeton won its second consecutive team title and its fifth in the last six seasons. Cabral finished in 24:58.0 and his classmate Peter Maag finished fifth in 25:10.3. Tyler Udland finished seventh in 25:10.9, followed by a 10th-place showing from Chris Bendtsen (25:15.8) and a 12th-place finish by Matt McDonald to account for Princeton's winning score of 37 points.

With the individual win, Shaw (24:47.6) became Dartmouth's first champion since Ben True won the title in 2008. The Big Green have now been involved in each of the top-three closest individual finishes in Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship history. In 2002, Dartmouth's Jarrod Shoemaker won by 0.1 seconds, while 1984 saw the Big Green duo of Jim Sapienza and Frank Powers finish with the exact same time (24:23.9).

Merber's second-place showing (24:47.7) marked the best finish by a Lion since Steve Sundell won the event in 2003. Also in that group of top-six seniors was the Brown duo of Dan Lowry and Matt Duffy. Lowry finished fourth in 24:58.3, while Duffy places sixth in 25:10.6.

Columbia finished second overall with 51 points, followed by Dartmouth (79) and Brown (91).It marked the fourth consecutive season the Lions have placed in the top three, while the Big Green have been amongst the top three for the last three seasons.

The top seven individual finishers earn All-Ivy first team honors and the eighth through 14th-place winners earn second team honors.

Final Team Standings (Points)
1. Princeton (37)
2. Columbia (51)
3. Dartmouth (79)
4. Brown (91)
5. Cornell (125)
6. Yale (162)
7. Harvard (184)
8. Penn (233)

2011 Men's Cross Country All-Ivy
First Team
Ethan Shaw, Dartmouth, Sr.
Kyle Merber, Columbia, Sr.
Donn Cabral, Princeton, Sr.
Dan Lowry, Brown, Sr.
Peter Maag, Princeton, Sr.
Matt Duffy, Brown, Sr.
Tyler Udland, Princeton, So.

Second Team
Mike Murphy, Columbia, Jr.
Nic Composto, Columbia, So.
Chris Bendtsen, Princeton. So.
Brett Kelly, Cornell, Jr.
Matt McDonald, Princeton, Fr.
Kevin Lunn, Yale, Jr.
Ben Veilleux, Columbia, Jr.