We might be repeating some of our award winners, but these athletes showed the nation what they were made of.
Two years ago, Harvard’s James Leakos (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) surprised many by keeping up with distance powerhouse Oklahoma at the Paul Short Invitational, placing 5th overall in the Gold Race. In 2013, Leakos did better by not only winning the Gold Race but by doing so in the 2nd fastest time in course history. But when you ask him how he compares the two races, he said they felt the same.
No other freshman this past week proved as clutch of a performance as Columbia’s Jack Boyle (Avon-By-The-Sea, N.J.) at the Notre Dame XC Invitational. Boyle’s 50th place finish secured the team victory at this key event over 7 other higher nationally ranked teams, including Ivy rival #9 Princeton. The Lions entered the weekend with a #30 national ranking – we’re expecting them to jump up a few spots when rankings are updated later this week due to this invitational victory.
Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) defended her individual title at the Paul Short Invitational in the 2nd fastest time in course history in conditions that ultimately cancelled the rest of the event. However, D’Ag was more excited about Dartmouth’s 2nd place in the team competition. Just watch her gush over her team pride. Her race performance earned D’Ag USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors.
Princeton’s Megan Curham (Warren, N.J.) (in image above) was the top freshman at the Notre Dame XC Invitational last Friday. She finished 12th in the Blue Race, helping Princeton finish 5th overall in the team standings.