The Penn has three of their 2012 Heps XC team back for the 2013 season. Sophomore Elyssia Gensib (Princeton, N.J.), senior Kersie Jhavala (Cary, N.C.) and senior Chelsea Delaney (Freehold, N.J.) have guided the young squad throughout the season. Gensib and freshman Cleo Whiting (Delta, Colo.) have been the front of their team this season. Whiting might be one of the fastest freshmen in the field, but she would need to set a new 6km personal best by over 60 seconds if she wants to keep up with the favored rookie of the year (more on that individual in another preview). Penn has another three freshmen and a sophomore who could score for the team in their first Heps appearance: Madison Holleran (Allendale, N.J.), Clarissa Whiting (Delta, Colo.), Ashley Montgomery (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) and Gabby Cuccia (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.).
Brown had three First-Team All-Ivy finishers last year, propelling the Bears to a tie for 3rd place in the team standings. Unfortunately, Brown only has one of those runners back for the 2013 cross country season. Heidi Caldwell (Hanover, N.H.), who finished 4th last year and is a two-time 5,000m conference champion, has had a bit of slow start to the cross country season as she has yet to break 21 minutes for the 6km distance this year. However, Caldwell has been a reliable #1 runner for Brown. Leah Eickhoff (Hanover, N.H.) and Alexandra Conway (Manchester, N.H.), who also competed at Heps XC last year, will help Caldwell lead the Brown charge on Saturday. Lily Harrington (West Hartford, Conn.), Sophie Mateu (Simi Valley, Cali.), and freshman Lucy Van Kleunen (Philadelphia, Penn.) are looking to make a strong Heps XC debut on Saturday.