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Columbia Places Second in Regional, Earns Automatic Bid to NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship

Columbia Places Second in Regional, Earns Automatic Bid to NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Columbia earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship after placing second in the Northeast Regional with 72 points, just beating out Syracuse (73).

The top two teams from each regional automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. In addition, 13 at-large teams will be selected. Thirty-six individuals automatically qualify by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team, with two additional individuals chosen by the committee.

Dartmouth came in fourth with 144 points, followed by Harvard (sixth, 163), Cornell (seventh, 211), Yale (eighth, 248) and Brown (11th, 405).

The Lions placed four runners in the top 15, led by junior Jake Sienko's seventh-place finish. Seniors Mark Feigen (11th), Mike Murphy (12th) and Leighton Spencer (15th) all finished within four seconds of each other.

However, the first Ivy to cross the line was not a Lion. Harvard saw two of its runners finish in the top-five to earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championship, as junior Maksim Korolev placed second with a time of 30:16.2 and his classmate James Leakos took fifth after crossing the line in 30:27.2.

All told, eight Ivies placed among the top-20, including Dartmouth junior Will Geoghegan (17th) and Cornell senior Nick Wade (18th). Yale was led by sophomore Matt Nussbaum, who took 24th with a time of 31:02.9.

Princeton fell four points shy of becoming the League's second automatic qualifier when it placed third in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Tigers finished with 61 points, trailing Georgetown (56) and Villanova (57). Penn came in 10th with 289 points.

Three Tigers were among the first 10 to cross the finish line, as the Ivy League Heptagonal individual champion Chris Bendsten took third with a time of 30:35, followed by classmates Alejandro Arroyo Yamin (fifth) and Tyler Udland (sixth). Penn freshman Thomas Awad led the Quakers with a 34th-place finish.

Complete Mid-Atlantic Men's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Mid-Atlantic Region (Men)
Princeton - 3rd - 61 points
Penn - 10th - 289 points

Complete Northeast Men's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Northeast Region (Men)
Columbia - 2nd - 72 points
Dartmouth - 4th - 144 points
Harvard - 6th - 163 points
Cornell - 7th - 211 points
Yale - 8th - 248 points