Columbia, Princeton Set Program Records in 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Princeton placed 11th and Columbia came in 17th in the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship, Saturday in Louisvlle, Ky.
Oklahoma State won the team title, taking down defending champion Wisconsin 72-135.
Both schools set program-records with their finishes. Columbia was competing in just its second NCAA National Championships after taking 27th last year. The Tigers, meanwhile, was making their 13th appearance at the NCAAs in program history, bettering the 12th-place finish from 2010.
Although none of the Ivy runners earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America status, which goes to the top-40 individual runners, it was not for lack of trying.
Princeton's Chris Bendsten (30:07.6) finished 43rd overall, a mere five seconds shy of earning All-American honors. He was followed closely by his teammate Alejandro Arroyo Yamin (58th), who crossed the line in 30:24.4, and Columbia senior Mark Feigen (61st), who recorded a time of 30:25.8. The Lions also saw junior Jake Sienko place 74th with a time of 30:30.8.
Two other Ivies placed among the top-100 out of 245 runners, including Princeton junior Tyler Udland (79th, 30:33.5) and Columbia senior Mike Murphy (100th, 30:43.2).