Isaac Can’t Stop The Rankings


While Hurricane Isaac stares down New Orleans today, one NOLA resident — Coaches’ Association media relation man Tom Lewis — has released the first national rankings for cross country. Lewis — now live-tweeting the approach of Isaac — is in a class by himself (though he’ll be a mess once the power goes out.)

And in an awkward transition, the nation’s coaches feel that defending champion Wisconsin is in a class by itself on the men’s side, but there is a sprinkling of Ivy in the rankings. Coach Jason Vigilante’s Princeton Tigers — who return five of the top 14 returning runners from Heps last year — are picked 21st and Willy Wood’s Columbia Lions — also with five of the top 14 returnees — is 27th. Stanford — which yesterday hired former Columbia assistant Chris Miltenburg as its Director of Track & Field/Cross Country — is picked ninth with former Dartmouth coach Vin Lananna’s Oregon Ducks ranked 22nd.

On the women’s side, the Tigers of Princeton — guided by Peter Farrell since the 1970s — have been selected 15th nationally with defending Heps’ champion Cornell slated for 30th. Rich Bowman and Artie Smith are one-for-one in Heps’ XC titles since taking over. Lananna’s Ducks have been tabbed as the nation’s No. 1 team in the preseason while Miltenburg’s Cardinal are eighth.

Below are men’s and women’s lists of the top 18 returnees from last year’s snowpaclypse Championships at Princeton. Why 18, you might ask. No good answer. It just worked out that way. Strange to note that the first six men to finish last year were seniors, while Princeton’s Alex Banfich was the only senior in the women’s top 10.

MEN
7. Tyler Udland — Princeton (Jr., Millburn, N.J.)
8. Mike Murphy — Columbia (Sr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
9. Nico Composto — Columbia (Jr., Chicago, Ill.)
10. Chris Bendtsen — Princeton (Jr., Wolcott, Conn.)
11. Brett Kelly — Cornell (Sr., Madison, Wis.)
12. Matt McDonald — Princeton (Soph., Annandale, N.J.)
13. Kevin Lunn — Yale (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.)
14. Ben Veilleux — Columbia (Sr., Berryville, Va.)
15. Alejandro Arroyo Yamin — Princeton (Jr., Culver, Ind.)
17. John Bleday — Dartmouth (Jr., Westwood, Mass.)
19. Jake Sienko — Columbia (Jr., Warwick, R.I.)
20. Paul Snyder — Columbia (Sr., San Antonio, Texas)
21. Steve Mangan — Dartmouth (Jr., Honeoye Falls, N.Y.)
23. Eddie Owens — Princeton (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
24. Daniel Everett — Columbia (Soph., Creve Coeur, Mo.)
26. Jonathan Gault — Dartmouth (Sr., Bedford, Mass.)
27. Austin Snyder — Brown (Sr., Berkeley, Calif.)
29. Max Groves — Cornell (Jr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.)

WOMEN
1. Abbey D’Agostino — Dartmouth (Jr., Topsfield, Mass.)
2. Waverly Neer — Columbia (Soph., Russiaville, Ind.)
4. Katie Kellner — Cornell (Sr., West Windsor, Conn.)
5. Genna Hartung — Cornell (Sr., Morrisonville, N.Y.)
6. Caroline McDonough — Columbia (Sr., Darien, Conn.)
7. Liana Epstein — Yale (Jr., Springfield, Va.)
8. Elizabeth Marvin — Yale (Sr., Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
9. Clare Buck — Columbia (Sr., Pennington, N.J.)
10. Margaret Connelly — Brown (Jr., Chicago, Ill.)
11. Emily Shearer — Cornell (Jr., Lafayette, Calif.)
12. Devin McMahon — Cornell (Jr., Redmond, Wash.)
14. Heidi Caldwell — Brown (Jr., Hanover, N.H.)
15. Greta Feldman — Princeton (Sr., Haddonfield, N.J.)
16. Emily Lanois — Columbia (Sr., South Hamilton, Mass.)
18. Noelle Van Rysselberghe — Columbia (Sr., Portland, Ore.)
19. Nihal Kayali — Yale (Sr., LaJolla, Calif.)
22. Hannah Rowe — Dartmouth (Jr., St. Johnsbury, Vt.)
23. Alexis Mikaelian — Princeton (Sr., Racine, Wis.)

One Response to “Isaac Can’t Stop The Rankings”

  1. Greg Page says:

    I hope this will post–virtual 2012 meet scores, based solely on the 2011 Heps performances of non-seniors:
    MEN:
    1. Princeton 34 (1 4 6 9 14 / 25 35)
    2. Columbia 36 (2 3 8 11 12 / 15
    23)
    3. Cornell 88 (5 18 19 22 24 / 33 43)
    4. Dartmouth 118 (10 13 16 37 42
    / 47)
    5. Yale 132 (7 21 28 31 45 / 48)
    6. Brown 144 (17 27 29 30 41)
    7.
    Harvard 150 (20 26 32 34 38 / 44)
    8. Penn 210 (36 39 40 46
    49)
    WOMEN:
    1. Columbia 44 (2 5 8 14 15 / 26 29)
    2. Cornell 48 (3 4
    10 11 20 / 23 25)
    3. Yale 91 (6 7 16 30 32 /36 39)
    4. Princeton 102 (13 18
    19 24 28 / 31 37)
    5. Dartmouth 131 (1 17 33 35 45)
    6. Brown 146 (9 12 38
    40 47 / 49)
    7. Harvard 167 (21 27 34 41 44 / 46)
    8. Penn 205 (22 42 43 48
    50)
    Doesn’t take into account non-seniors who don’t return to their teams this year (for whatever reason), injuries last year or this year, etc.
    Taken from the Heps XC thread on Letsrun.com