2014 XC Athletes of the Week #1


What a way to kick off the cross country season.  There is no real simple way to summarize the weekend, but we give a recap of each team result in both our weekly individual athlete awards as well as the event result links below.

Male Athlete of the Week:

Sam Pons (holding trophy above) helped Princeton reclaim the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet title on Friday afternoon by winning the 5 mile race in 24:20.7.  Nationally ranked Princeton held off a very strong Yale squad by only 1 point, as the Tigers went 1-3-6-10-11 to Yale’s 2-4-5-7-15 finish (the Bulldogs were led by Kevin Dooney in 24:26.2).  Harvard finished 3rd in this contest with 68 points, as they were led by Will Geiken with his 24:42.0 finish for 8th place.  This was Princeton’s first time competing at this meet since 1998.

Male Rookie of the Week:

The fastest rookie of this week was Dartmouth’s Pat Gregory, who finished 3rd at the Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday with a 24:30.0 time over the 8 km course.  Gregory was a part of the 1-2-3 Big Green finish, led by race winner Curtis King (24:25.3).  The Dartmouth men went on to win the team title with 21 points, while conference rival Brown finished in 2nd place in the team standings with 46 points.  The Bears were led by freshman Matt Mahoney in 4th place (24:32.6).

Female Athlete of the Week:

Taylor Spillane helped Cornell continue their winning streak over local rival Army in this annual dual by claiming the individual win in the 5km race in 17:11.09.  Cornell finished 1-2-3-4-6 to best Army, 16 to 47 points, marking the 13th straight year that the Big Red has won this dual.

Female Rookie of the Week:

Penn’s Abby Hong did not wait very long to make her mark in college – at the Big 5 Invitational, she led the Lady Quakers in a 1-2-3-4-5 finish to help the team win the team title over local rivals La Salle, St. Joseph’s, and Temple.  Hong won the 4km race in 14:21.5.

Weekend Results

Brown and Dartmouth at the Dartmouth Invitational (men | women) – Dartmouth and Brown went 1-2 in both the men’s and women’s team events.  We shared the men’s race above.  Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano won the women’s individual 8km title in 21:14.5.  Brown’s top finisher was freshman Natalie Schundrowitz, who finished in 5th place with 21:47.0.

Columbia at the Wolfie Invitational (men | women) – Columbia men finished 2nd in the team standings due to a 1.5-second spread between 4th through 8th scoring positions.  Jack Boyle led the Lions in the 8km race, finishing in 4th place with 25:12.72.  Providence College won the men’s title that was aided by a 1-2-3 individual finish.  The Columbia women finished 3rd in the team standings behind Olivia Sadler with her 5th place finish (18:53.66).  Providence College, who are the defending national champions, won the team title while host Stony Brook edged out Columbia for 2nd place through a tie-breaker, with Stony Brook having an overall team time that was 0.85 seconds faster than the Lady Lions.

Cornell vs Army Dual Meet (men | women) – We recapped the women’s race above, but the men’s race was very similar.  The Big Red men earned a perfect score by going 1-2-3-4-5 over Army, 15 to 49.  The 8km race was won by freshman Dominic DeLuca in 24:37.26 in his college debut.

Harvard vs Yale vs Princeton Tri-Meet (men | women) – The men’s race was recapped above.  Princeton also won the women’s team title, going 2-3-4-5 behind Megan Curham’s 17:38.6 finish in the 5km race.  The Lady Tigers won in 21 points.  Yale finished in 2nd place with 47 points, aided by Kira Garry getting the individual win in 17:32.4.  Harvard finished in 3rd place with 68 points, with freshman Courtney Smith being their top finisher in 8th place (17:59.5)

Penn at the Big 5 Invitational (full results) – The women’s race was recapped above.  The Quaker men were just as dominant as their women teammates, as the men went 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 in their race. Senior Connor Paez won the individual 6km title in 18:40.6.  Penn bested local rivals La Salle, Temple, Villanova, and St. Joseph’s.

Photo by Princeton’s Track & Field/Cross County Instagram account

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