Princeton Sweeps Heps XC Titles

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The National Intercollegiate Running Club Association’s first conference championship races went off Saturday at Princeton University at the first Ivy League (Heps) Cross-Country Championships. Princeton swept the men’s and women’s races over Penn to take the titles. Cornell’s Julianne Quinn and Penn’s Nate Ennist took the individual crowns with both clocking in at NIRCA-affiliated record times for the West Windsor Fields course.

In the women’s 6k race, Cornell’s Julianne Quinn gapped the field early and went on to win by well over a minute in 23:02. Cornell’s Anne Elise Creamer and Princeton’s Evangelie Zachos were second and third. Although Cornell had the first two runners, they lacked a complete team and Princeton was able to overcome Penn’s depth with a low team score of 25. Penn and Dartmouth were second and third with 39 and 58 points, respectively. Columbia and Yale also sent incomplete teams.

In the men’s 8k race, Penn’s Nate Ennist established himself in the first of three loops and never looked back, winning in 26:16. Princeton’s Sean Sketch started out conservatively and moved up the whole race, finishing 12 seconds back in 26:28, followed by Marcus Schneider of Dartmouth in third. Princeton took fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth places en route to a comfortable team win with 25 points and a top-five average time of 27:25. Penn, Dartmouth, Cornell and Yale rounded out the team scoring with 54, 69, 93 and 133 points, respectively.

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