So far, two Ivy Leaguers have been selected to run at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Saturday.
Cornell freshman Caroline Kellner will be one of six runners for Team USA in the junior women’s 4k race. While Columbia graduate Lisa Stublic will run in the senior race, representing Team Europe.
While the event begins at 5 am Eastern, Kellner’s and Stublic’s races aren’t scheduled to run until after 7 am. The entire event will be streamed live on BBC One TV.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Caroline,” said Cornell Coach Artie Smith. “She earned her spot on Team USA’s junior women’s squad due to her consistent and high-level performances throughout the 2012 cross country season, demonstrating time and again that she was one of the top freshman cross country runners in the NCAA.”
Kellner was selected by the USA Track & Field Cross Country Council based on her performances throughout her outstanding freshman season at Cornell. To be considered for nomination to the junior squad, athletes must be between 16-20 years old and be a USA Track & Field member in good standing.
Kellner is the first Cornellian to make a U.S. Junior national cross country team since Laura Woeller and Pam Hunt represented the United States at the IAAF Junior World Cross Country Championships in 1992. The last Ivy Leaguer to compete was Princeton sophomore Eddie Owens, as a junior, a year ago.
Stublic — who competed at the London Olympics in the marathon — will run in an elite field that is to include two-time Olympic champion Meseret Defar, who is making a rare foray into cross-country running.
The Bupa Great Edinburgh Challenge is an international team challenge that includes senior and junior teams from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the USA and Europe competing in four separate races with the aim of taking the overall team challenge title. The winning team is determined by the best aggregate finishing positions over the four races.