HepsXC —Princeton Women

Princeton Athletics Communications

The Princeton Tigers are looking to their veteran runners to keep the team in the top three of the League, particularly with Heps once again run on the team’s home course. In 2011, Coach Peter Farrell’s charges placed third behind Cornell and Columbia. Seniors Greta Feldman (Haddonfield, N.J.), Alexis Mikaelian (Racine, Wis.) and junior Molly Higgins (Randolph, N.J.) are the top returning runners from that team. Feldman, an All-American in the 1500m, has become the Tigers’ No. 1 runner after the graduation of cross country All-American Alex Banfich. It should be noted that Mikaelian qualified for NCAAs last year in cross country while Feldman was a NCAA Regional scorer.

Sophomore Emily de La Bruyere (New York, N.Y.) has significantly improved this year as she has risen to be a consistently scoring runner. Feldman, de La Bruyere, and sophomore Jackie Nicholas (Woodbury, Conn.) have all already broken 21 minutes for a 6k course this season.

At both the Paul Short and Wisconsin Invitationals, the top five scorers all finished within a minute of each other. Could this kind of pack running be the key for them to regain the conference crown? The team was ranked 15th in the preseason. That and having the home-course advantage, Princeton has the potential to score very well at Heps and make it a battle for a spot on the podium. — Mary Boggs

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