So, if you believe in the wisdom of the polling of the national cross country coaches, you might be thinking that this week’s Heps Cross Country Championship may have a World Series feeling about it.
As the Chicago Cubs are after their first world title in 108 years, their American League foe, Cleveland, has won in 68 years. One of those cities is in for an amazing party.
But the cross country coaches must believe that long droughts will end at the West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J., on Saturday.
There are three Ivy women’s squads ranked in the national top 30 and each would win end a long title-free stretch with a team championship. Yale, ranked 21st, last won 15 years ago. Penn, at 24th, hasn’t won in 26 years and Harvard, 26th nationally, has not been a Hep XC champ in 31 years.
Only one men’s team is getting votes in the men’s poll and that group, Coach Steve Dolan’s Penn Quakers, last won a title 43 years ago.
In preparation for Heps, the weekend’s activity was very light and won’t require Athlete and Rookie of the Week awards.