Columbia Wins First Men's Heptagonal Cross Country Title Since 2009
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's cross country ran like it was 2009. For the first time since that year, Columbia took the team championship and a Harvard runner won the individual title, Saturday at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships in Princeton, N.J.
Columbia, ranked No. 10 in the country, finished with 48 points, marking the highest points total for a winning team since that 2009 season, when the Lions tallied 60. No. 15 Princeton, which had won the past three titles and six of the last seven, recorded 56 points to come in second. It marked the closest finish since that 2009 race, when Columbia won by one point.
Dartmouth came in third with 64 points, as the top three teams all finished with under 70 points for the first time since 1998, when Princeton (46) held off the Big Green (62) and Columbia (69).
Rounding out the rest of the standings, No. 21 Harvard took fourth with 103 points, followed by Yale (116), Penn (150), Cornell (181) and Brown (253).
Senior Maksim Korolev became the first Crimson to win the individual title since Dan Chenoweth in 2009, cruising to victory with a League-record time of 23:28.2, beating last year's Ivy record of 23:41.8, set by Princeton's Chris Bendtsen.
Columbia, meanwhile, took three of the top-five spots, as senior Nico Composto placed second, crossing the line in 23:44.5. He was followed by fellow classmate John Gregorek (fourth, 23:45.0) and junior Daniel Everett (fifth, 23:46.3), as the Lions claimed their fourth overall title.
Penn sophomore Thomas Awad took third with a time of 23:44.0, the best finish for a Quaker since Dave Merrick placed fist in 1975. Last year's champion and fourth-place finisher, Princeton's Bendtsen and fellow senior Tyler Udland, came in sixth and seventh with times of 23:48.6 and 23:49.7, respectively.
Yale sophomore Kevin Dooney was the first Bulldog to cross the line, placing eighth with a time of 23:56.6. He was followed by a pair of Big Green, as senior John Bleday took ninth (23:57.5) and sophomore Tim Gorman finished 10th (23:57.9).
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|
2013 Men's Cross Country All-Ivy
Maksim Korolev, Harvard, Sr.
Nico Composto, Columbia, Sr.
Thomas Awad, Penn, So.
John Gregorek, Columbia, Sr.
Daniel Everett, Columbia, Jr.
Tyler Udland, Princeton, Sr.
Chris Bendtsen, Princeton, Sr.
Kevin Dooney, Yale, So.
John Bleday, Dartmouth, Sr.
Tim Gorman, Dartmouth, So.
Tom Purnell, Harvard, So.
Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, Princeton, Sr.
Will Geoghegan, Dartmouth, Sr.
Henry Sterling, Dartmouth, Sr.