Ivies Gaining Glory


Undergraduates were not the only ones looking for glory this past weekend.  A number of HepsNation alumni participated in seven conference championships and two national-elite races this past weekend.  We provide a quick recap of each race below:


Columbia transfer Waverly Neer made her 2014 cross country debut for the Oregon Ducks at the PAC-12 conference championships.  Neer finished as the 3rd Duck and 10th overall in 20:32 on the 6km course, helping the #3 Oregon Ducks to the PAC-12 title.

Harvard graduate Maksim Korolev also finished in the top 10 in the men’s 8km championship.  Running now at Stanford, he finished 9th with a time of 23:56.  The #9 Stanford team finished 3rd in the team standings, behind #2 Oregon and conference champions #1 Colorado.


Princeton graduate Tyler Udland continued his top-10 finish streak at a conference championships (at HepsXC, he had finished 6th in 2013, 4th in 2012, and 7th in 2011).  On Saturday, he finished 7th overall (23:29.3) and top FSU runner at the ACC Championships, helping #21 FSU finish 5th in the team standings, with #3 Syracuse claiming the ACC title.

In the women’s race, Harvard graduate Morgan Kelly finished in 14th place (20:32.7) and as #14 Virginia’s third runner.  #14 Virginia finished 3rd in the team standings behind conference champion #11 UNC and #13 Florida State.

Big 12:

Brown graduate Margaret Connelly is really blossoming for Iowa State.  At the Big 12 Championships, she finished as Iowa State’s third runner and 4th overall (20:14.1), helping #5 Iowa State win the conference title for a fourth year in a row. Connelly’s previous best conference finish was back at the 2010 HepsXC where she had finished 5th as a freshman at Van Cortlandt Park.  Connelly (in the top row, first woman on the right in the picture above) was awarded the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award for being the top conference rookie finisher in the championship.

Mountain West:

Harvard graduate Emily Reese helped #9 New Mexico continue their conference championship winning streak.  Reese finished 20th overall with a time of 21:21.40, helping #9 New Mexico win the Mountain West title for the seventh straight year.

West Coast Conference:

Harvard graduate Kurt Ruegg finished as Santa Clara’s top runner at the WCC championship by finishing 16th overall with a time of 23:52.3 (a new school record for their home course).  Santa Clara, which hosted the WCC championship, finished 5th in the team standings, while #8 Portland won the team title.

NYRR Dash to the Finish Line:

Olympian Donn Cabral (Pr ’12) led from gun to finish at the annual Manhattan 5km race, winning with a time of 14:24.

“The goal was to get out moderately quick in first, and then settle in and close hard. I hadn’t won a race in a long time so I was really looking forward to getting out here, mixing it up and trying to win,” he shared with Race Results Weekly Chris Lotsbom after the race. “This is a good first step towards Thanksgiving, and I have enough time to be where I want to be for the Manchester Road Race.”

Other Ivies that finished in the top 30 included Trevor Van Ackeren (Pr ’12; 14th, 15:08) and Kyle Merber (Col ’12; 24th, 15:21) for the men’s race, and Abby Levene (Pr ’13; 8th, 16:47), Ashley Higginson (Pr ’11; 10th, 17:13), and Trina Bills (Col ’14; 21st, 18:31) in the women’s race.

NYC Marathon

Zach Hine (Cor ’09) was among the lead pack during the early stages of the windy marathon this past Sunday.  Although he fell off the lead pack by the 14th mile, he managed to hold on for 20th place, crossing the line in 2:24:10 (which was good enough for finishing 2nd in his age group).  Hines strong showing actually had a track pundit, Jesse Squire of tracksuperfan and Daily Relay blogs, asking on twitter “Who the f is Zach Hine?”

Harvard alum James Kelly (H ’06) also finished among the top 25, crossing the line in 2:25:56 for 24th place (finishing 2nd in his age group and helping his NYAC team to a 2nd place team finish).  Former Dartmouth coach Mark Coogan made a great return to the marathon, running 2:55:11.  Coogan was running the marathon has a part of a fundraising team for the Herren Project, a non-profit that assists people on their road to recovery from addiction.  In the women’s race, Dartmouth grad Hilary Dionne (D ’07) was the top Ivy finisher, finishing in 18th place with a time of 2:40:54 while Alex Bernardi (nee Brown) (B ’08) finished 29th (2:54:09) and Andrea Imhof (D ’11) finished in 39th (2:58:18).

– photo by Big 12 Sports

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