Princeton Prevails In The Bronx

All-American Donn Cabral of Princeton opened his senior season with a dominating performance at the Fordham Fiasco in Van Cortlandt Park, finishing more than 12 seconds clear of the field. His team beat Navy, 26-41, for the title as 12 Orange and Black runners finished among the top 23. One of those was freshman Eddie Owens as only Cabral — who crossed the line in 25:30.37 — was faster. Senior Sam Lynch was the first Yalie across the line in ninth while Penn’s James Finucane was 17th. Click here for the full men’s results from the Fiasco.

On the women’s side of the aisle, the No. 22 Tigers won the team title, but the Yale Bulldogs were in closer pursuit than had been expected. Yale — which had the first two collegiate finishers — had 43 points to Princeton’s 34. “We are in a great starting spot for the season and I’m very pleased with the women’s perfomance,” said Bulldog coach Amy Gosztyla. “It’s going to be an exciting fall.”

The winner was Millie Chapman, who completed her run in 18:03.63. Teammate Jacque Sahlberg was the second collegian across the finish line, just behind open runner Melissa Salerno of New Balance. Fourth was Penn junior Leslie Kovach followed by Princeton’s first finisher, Clare Gallagher. Click here for the full women’s Fiasco results.

All-American Abbey D’Agostino, who missed most of last cross country season with an injury, was an easy winner at the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, N.H. She won in 16:50, 14 seconds clear of second place, taken by teammate Alexi Pappas. The Big Green was an easy winner over Boston College, which is ranked second in the Northeast behind Providence. Dartmouth simply dominated the men’s race with the first nine finishers, paced by senior Ethan Shaw in 22:00. The Brown Bears sent young squads to Dartmouth for the Invitational. The first three women’s finishers were all freshmen, led by Leah Eickhoff, while sophomore Kyler Evitt was the first Bear across the line followed by six freshmen.

Harvard opened the season at the Bryant Invitational with a primary focus on the team’s youngest runners. “Today was a great start to our season,” said Harvard Coach Jason Saretsky. “We primarily ran freshmen and some sophomores but I was really pleased with how they competed.” The first finishers for the Crimson — Ryan Meehan taking 11th for the men and Alaina Alvarez seventh for the women — were each making their collegiate debut. Click here for the full story.

On Friday night, the Cornell women had a perfect score (15) to easily handle Army (53) and Binghamton (77) while the men won with 20 points, to Army’s 39. The women were paced by juniors Katie Kellner and Genna Hartung, who ran away from the field after the first mile and finished 42 seconds ahead of the field. The front runners on the men’s side were much tighter bunched, with sophomore Max Groves taking the win with a strong kick to beat out senior Chandler Kemp. Click here for the full story.

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