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Cornell's Domination Highlights Successful Cross Country Weekend

Cornell's Brett Kelly

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Not all of the Ivy League cross country teams were in action last weekend, but those that competed had very successful outings.

Three Ivy League men's teams were among the 14 to compete in the Iona Meet of Champions. Brown took the title with 44 points, while Penn finished in sixth with 138 points and Columbia came in seventh with 166 points.

Out of 141 runners, Brown placed four among the top-10. Senior Kevin Cooper led the way with a sixth-place finish, crossing the line in 25:36. On his heels was fellow classmate Erik Berg, who came in seventh with a time of 25:40. Junior Colin Savage placed ninth with a personal-record time of 25:48 and senior Conor Grogan recorded a time of 25:50 to take 10th.

Penn freshman Brendan Smith was one of only 15 runners to break the 26:00 barrier in the 8K race, becoming the first Quaker across the finish line in 12th-place with a time of 25:57.37. He was followed by classmate Brandon Clark, who finished 24th in 26:19.98. For Columbia, junior Raul Silva posted a time of 26:13 to place 19th, while freshman Jon Harper finished in 28th-place with a time of 26:26.

The Penn and Columbia women's teams also competed in the Iona Meet of Champions. The Quakers took second with 76 points, while the Lions finished in sixth-place with 140 points. Penn placed two in the top-10, as senior Leslie Kovach finished in sixth with a time of 22:41 and junior Kersie Jhabvala took ninth with a time of 23:02. For the Lions, junior Molly Dengler crossed the line in 23:26.53 to take 16th and senior Irene Kalbian was close behind, finishing 19th with a time of 23:30.40.

Cornell had an impressive showing at the Yellowjacket Invitational in Rochester, N.Y., as both the men's and women's teams placed first. On the women's side, the Big Red took the first nine places out of 360 competitors to earn the lowest possible score of 15 points. Junior Rachel Sorna placed first with a time of 20:47.3. Four seconds behind her was senior Katie Kellner (20:51.3), followed by juniors Emily Shearer (21:02.4) and Devin McMahon (21:05.8).

Not to be outdone, the men's team also placed first in its race with 15 points, finishing 90 points ahead of the second-place team. The Big Red placed 12 of the top 15 individual runners, including the top five. Sophomore Ben Potts took first with a time of 25:08.6, followed by senior Nick Wade (25:09.1), juniors Andrew Herring (25:10.8) and Max Groves (25:11.0) and senior Adam Trofa (25:11.2).

Harvard and Yale squared off in their annual HY Meet, as the Crimson men's team came out ahead, 21-38, while the Bulldogs women won their race, 19-40. On the men's side, Harvard went 1-2-3, led by junior Maksim Korolev (24:20.39). For the women, six of the first seven to cross the line were from Yale, led by first-place finisher Liana Epstein (17:24.78).

USTFCCCA National Polls | USTFCCCA Regional Polls
In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national polls, Princeton and Columbia are ranked No. 14 and No. 29 on the men's side, respectively, while on the women's side, the Tigers are No. 29 and Dartmouth and Cornell are each in the receiving votes category. The next set of rankings will be released on Sept. 25.

Brown
Men: Cross Country Team Takes Title at Iona Meet of Champions

Columbia
Men: Lions Place Seventh at Iona Meet of Champions
Women: Lions Place Sixth at Iona Meet of Champions

Cornell
Men: Cross Country Dominates in Yellowjacket Invitational
Women: Cross Country Blows By Field in Rochester

Harvard
Men: Cross Country Downs Yale at Annual HY Meet
Women: Cross Country Falls to Yale at Annual HY Meet

Penn
Men: Youth Movement Sparks Cross Country at Iona
Women: Cross Country Finishes Second at Iona

Yale
Men: Nine PRs Fall at Yale-Harvard Dual
Women: Bulldogs Beat Harvard for Second-Straight Year