The Harvard men — paced by sophomore James Leakos and Billy Orman — defeated archrival Yale, 23-34, at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., on Saturday. Finishing in 24:21, Leakos was first across the line, three seconds clear of renowned freshman Billy Orman. Yale senior Sam Lynch was the first Eli to finish, taking third five seconds behind Orman.
A familiar name lead the Princeton Tigers to their eighth straight HYP women’s title as senior All-American Alex Banfich took individual honors in 17:33. Yale sophomore Liana Epstein was second as her Bulldogs finished just nine points behind the Orange and Black, 27-36, for the second straight week.
The Iona Gaels, ranked fourth nationally, were too much for the field at the Brother Doyle Meet of Champions in Van Cortlandt Park, but the veteran Brown Bears took second out of 19 teams. Seniors Dan Lowry and Matt Duffy were fifth and sixth, the first two non-Gael runners across the finish. Columbia was fifth overall and Penn seventh.
Brown coach Tim Springfield was pleased with the early-season showing, “We showed good depth, which was a point of focus going into the race. We have some work to do in the coming weeks, but this was a good start.”
Talk about nip and tuck, the top three teams in the women’s race at the Meet of Champions were separated by a mere five points as host Iona won with 84 points, two ahead of Penn and five better than Brown. Brown sophomores Margaret Connelly and Heidi Caldwell were second and third, respectively, a far distance behind champion Hollie Rowland of Iona. Penn juniors Leslie Kovach and Margaret Diacont were fifth and sixth.
Both the Cornell men’s and women’s teams finished second at the Colgate Invitational, a tri-meet won by Syracuse. Similarly, both Big Red teams had a third-place individual finisher as the first runner to finish — sophomore Max Groves for the men and junior Katie Kellner for the women.