Matthew Nussbaum by Tim O’Dowd
The Yale Bulldogs look to improve upon their sixth-place finish from the 2011 Halloween Nor’easter that was XC Heps. Sophomore Matthew Nussbaum (Haddonfield, N.J.) has been the first runner for Yale in three meets this season, which includes the individual win at the Fordham Fiasco back in September. He has also run the fastest time for a Bulldog (24:26 at the Wisconsin Invite) in more than four years, but he could post a faster time on the fast West Windsor course on Saturday.
Senior captain Kevin Lunn (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and freshman Kevin Dooney (Dublin, Ireland) have also been strong throughout this season, as Lunn was the top Yale finisher at the Harvard-Yale duel and Dooney was the top frosh at the Paul Short and Wisconsin races. Both of these runners, as well as senior Demetri Goutos (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), sophomore Jake Sandry (Bloomington, Minn.) and Nussbaum have each broken 25 minutes for an 8k course.
“There is definitely an air of confidence around the guys and a belief in the hard work they have been putting in all year long,” says Coach Paul Harkins. “We’re looking forward to doing battle against the other teams in the league and making our alums, friends and parents proud!” — Mary Boggs