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Both Cornell and Brown men squads are going to have a lot of fresh faces on their Heps XC squads this year, as both teams have either lost runners due to graduation or injury.
Cornell has so many people on their roster that it is rather difficult to determine who their Heps squad could really be as their racing lineups have changed for each weekend of competition. We know that Brian Eimstad (Eugene, Ore.), Ben Rainero (San Francisco, Calif.), Tyler Eustance (Hilton, N.Y.), and Ben Potts (Haddonfield, N.J.) have represented Cornell at some of the larger scale outings (Battle in Beantown and Pre-Nationals) with competitive times. Also, based on Cornell Sports media releases, Andrew Herring (Lexington, Mass.) and Kiernan Kinnare (Ipswich, Mass.) secured the “final two spots” on the Heps travel roster due to them being the top two Cornellians at the Reif Memorial Run this past weekend. The same release did not mention who earned the other racing slots. Potts and Raniero raced at Heps last year, where Cornell finished 4th in the team standings.
Like Cornell, Brown could only have two returning finishers from 2012 Heps XC – Mark McGurrin (Manlius, N.Y.) and Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Penn.). McGurrin, now a junior, has stepped into the #1 runner position this year and typically finishing 20 seconds ahead of teammates Colin Savage (Liverpool, N.Y.) or Jordan Mann (St. Louis, MO) in each of their races. Freshman Stephen Bourguet (Manhasset, N.Y.) has done well but has been a bit inconsistent in his 8km times over the course of the season. Willig, the indoor 1,000m champion, finished well in his only cross country outing of the year so far (3rd Brown finisher at the Rothenberg Invitational), but could he be included in the lineup on Saturday?