First Tests of 2014 Season


Going into the third weekend of the 2014 cross country season, many of the Ivy League teams will be encountering their first big tests of the season.  These races can impact the team selection for NCAAs in November.  How many Ivy Leaguers will pass this test?

Penn will kick off this weekend’s action with the Haverford Invitational (Haverford, Penn.) tonight at 5pm.  Penn will be racing against a number of southeast Pennsylvanian schools, including Villanova, St. Joseph’s, and La Salle, who Penn bested at the Big 5 Invitational two weeks ago.

The main action this weekend will take place in Boston – the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown is drawing in talent from across the country to the legendary Franklin Park. Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Harvard will be representing the Ivy League in tomorrow’s contest. Nationally ranked teams that are scheduled to compete include #1 Michigan, #5 Georgetown, #15 Syracuse, #16 Boston College, #18 Providence (defending NCAA champion, as well as the defending invitational team champion) and #25 Dartmouth in the women’s race, while #3 Oregon (defending invitational team champion and individual invitational and NCAA champion – sophomore Edward Cheserek), #8 Syracuse and #16 Providence will be lining up in the men’s race.  The women’s 5km race will start at 3pm EDT, with the men’s 8km race following at 3:30pm EDT.

Cornell will also be racing on Saturday at the Harry F. Anderson Invitational in Rochester, N.Y.  This meet will feature 31 teams from across the northern New York region, spanning each of the NCAA sporting divisions.  The women will race the 5km at 11:30am, followed by the men’s 8km at noon.  If you’re interested in attending the meet, check out this helpful document provided by host Roberts Wesleyan College.

photo from the 2013 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, by Michael Scott

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