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October 3, 2012

Cross Country Squads Post Successful Weekend

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Lehigh's Paul Short Invitational had a distinct Ivy flavor, as all the League squads with the exception of the Columbia women competed in the event.

On the women's side, Cornell took first in the Gold race as the League placed six teams in the top-20, including four in the top-10. The Big Red earned 55 points, followed by Yale (fourth, 147), Dartmouth (fifth, 149) and Brown (eighth, 196). Harvard came in 13th-place with 414 points and Penn was 16th with 490 points. Princeton sent its second team and finished third in the Brown race.

The Big Red scored almost half the points of second-place squad William and Mary (102). Cornell, just receiving votes in the USTFCCCA poll prior to the event, finished well ahead of No. 4 Georgetown (third, 106 points) and No. 9 Villanova (seventh, 184). Overall, 40 teams and 360 runners took part in the event.

Individually, the Ancient Eight took the top two spots and three of the top five. In what has become a League tradition, Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino won the individual title, coming in at 19:58. She has now taken first in each of the Big Green's two meets this season, doing so by an average of nearly 29 seconds ahead of the next closest runner.

D'Agostino was followed by Cornell senior Katie Kellner, who placed second after crossing the line in 20:22. Big Red junior Rachel Sorna was fourth with a time of 20:27. Junior Emily Shearer placed ninth as Cornell put three in the top-10.

Yale senior Nihal Kayali and junior Millie Chapman came in 14th and 18th, respectively, while Brown senior Olivia Mickle (11th), junior Margaret Connelly (17th) and sophomore Heidi Caldwell (20th) all placed in the top-20. Harvard was led by sophomore Morgan Kelly (26th), while Penn senior Leslie Kovach paced the Quakers with a 56th-place finish.

Led by senior Greta Feldman, who took 17th overall, the Princeton first team took eighth in the Notre Dame Invitational.

On the men's side, Dartmouth placed fourth in the Gold race with 175 points, followed by Cornell (sixth, 202), Yale (seventh, 255), Columbia (eighth, 309), Harvard (13th, 421), Brown (14th, 454) and Princeton's second team (37th, 1,044). Penn finished first in the Brown race with 47 points.

Three Ivies were among the top-20 out of 332 runners, as Dartmouth junior Will Geoghegan took fifth and Cornell senior Nick Wade and junior Max Groves placed 14th and 20th, respectively. Yale sophomore Matt Nussbaum was right on Groves' heels, finishing 21st, and Harvard junior Kurt Reugg was close behind in 25th. Columbia senior Ben Veilleux led the Lions with a 38th-place finish, while Brown was led by Conor Grogan's 46th-place finish.

The Lions also competed in the Greater Louisville Classic, placing second out of 32 teams. The only squad to best Columbia was No. 8 Iona. Junior Jacob Sienko and senior Leighton Spencer placed 15th and 18th, respectively. Princeton's first team ran in the Notre Dame Invitational, placing second with 139 points. Junior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin paced the Tigers for the second straight meet running 23:57 to finish 10th overall, while junior Chris Bendtsen ran 24:06 to place 17th.

USTFCCCA National Rankings | USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
After successful outings last weekend, the Ivy League saw its teams jump in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National and Regional polls. On the men's side, Princeton and Columbia moved up to No. 11 and No. 17, respectively, while Dartmouth is in the receiving votes category. In the regional rankings, Princeton is No. 1 and Penn is No. 12 in the Mid-Atlantic, while Columbia (No. 3), Dartmouth (No. 4), Cornell (No. 6), Yale (No. 7), Harvard (No. 8 and Brown (No. 9) are all in the top-10 in the Northeast.

For the women, last week Cornell moves from receiving votes to No. 9, while Columbia and Yale moved from out of the poll to No. 23 and No. 30, respectively. Dartmouth and Princeton remain in the receiving votes category. In the regional rankings, Cornell and Columbia are 1-2 in the Northeast poll, followed by Yale (No. 4), Dartmouth (No. 5), Brown (No. 9) and Harvard (No. 14). In the Mid-Atlantic region, Princeton is No. 4 and Penn is No. 9.

Brown
Men: Cross Country Competes At Paul Short Invitational

Women: Cross Country Earns Eighth At Paul Short Invitational

Columbia
Men: Cross Country Takes Second At Louisville Classic

Cornell
Men: Cross Country Finishes Sixth in Competitive Paul Short Invitational

Women: Cross Country Claims Huge Win at 40-Team Paul Short Invitational

Dartmouth
Men: Men Finish Paul Short Fourth on Strength of Geoghegan's Showing

Women: Abbey D'Agostino Soundly Defeats Field at Paul Short Invitational

Harvard
Men: Cross Country Posts Pair of Top-15 Finishes at Paul Short Invitational

Women: Cross Country Posts Pair of Top-15 Finishes at Paul Short Invitational


Penn
Men: Cross Country Claims Brown Race Title at Paul Short

Women: Cross Country Places 16th at Paul Short Invitational

Princeton
Men: Cross Country Second at Notre Dame Invitational

Women: Cross Country Eighth at Notre Dame; Third at Lehigh

Yale
Men: Bulldogs Best Ivy Rivals, Take Seventh at Paul Short Invitational

Women: Nationally-Ranked Teams Fall to Bulldogs