Testing Out the Region

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This past Columbus Day weekend was a bit low-key as many of the top squads within the Ivy League and around the country opted to rest their A-squads.  We still had plenty of competition though as there were two regional-based championships on the docket – the Metropolitan Championships and the New England Championships.  This year, the events were held at venues that will be key for later this season for both the Heps XC championships (Van Cortlandt Park) and NCAA Regional Qualifying (Franklin Park for the New England Region).  And now, on to the recaps.

Metropolitan Championships (Van Cortlandt Park, NY) – Mary Boggs

The Columbia squads returned to Van Cortlandt Park on Friday for another round of competition on the famed courses before the Heps Cross Country Championships later this month. This time, they competed in the regional Metropolitan Championships to determine who are the best harriers in the New York tri-state area.

The women finished 3rd in the team 5km competition with 83 points, an improvement from last year’s fifth place finish (139 points). The Lady Lions were led by two women who finished in the top 10 individually – sophomores Victoria Ingram and Sarah Hardie. Ingram finished 6th overall with a time of 19:20.5 while Hardie finished in a new personal meet best of 19:30.2, which was good enough for ninth overall. All of the Lady Lion scorers finished in the top 30 as Devon Towell (18th – 19:45.7), Sydney Segal (24th – 19:52.6), and frosh Annie Fanta (26th – 20:04.2) rounded out the top 5 Columbia finishers. The women’s race was won by Rutgers, who claimed the team title with 61 points and individual winner with Paige Senatore in 18:05.2.

The men competed in the five mile championship race where they finished 5th in the team standings with 109 points. Last year, the Lions finished 3rd in where the championship distance was 8km. Like the women, the men scorers all finished in the top 30 scorers as the team was led by Dylan Tarpey’s 10th place finish of 27:00.0. Keenen Piper was not too far back from Tarpey as Piper was the 13th man to finish as he crossed the line in 27:07.1.  Jack Macauley (28th – 27:42.1), Ben Ritz (30th – 27:43.2), and frosh Alek Sauer (31st – 27:43.5) – Columbia’s final three scorers – all finished within 2 seconds of each other to round out the team scoring. The men’s competition was dominated by Fordham as they won with 27 points and by finishing 1-2 individually with Jonathan Annelli (26:26.8) and Michael Turi (26:26.5).

New England (NEICAAA) Championships (Franklin Park, MA) – Rachel Sorna

The New England Cross Country Championships, which took place this past Saturday at Franklin Park, featured 7 Ivy League teams – Dartmouth men and women, Yale men and women, Brown men and women, and the Harvard women. With Wisco and Pre-Nats both taking place next weekend, where coveted Kolas points will surely be on the line, there were notable absences of key runners across all rosters; however, the Ivy teams still held their own against the tough New England competition.

In the Women’s Varsity 5k, Yale came out as the top Ivy team with 162 points and a 3rd place finish. Ahead of them was Boston College with 56 points and Quinnipiac with 144 points. The Bulldogs were led by junior Meredith Rizzo who finished 19th with a time of 18:12.29. Up next for the Ivies was Brown in 7th place with 260 points. The Brown team was led by freshman Emma Sloan, whose time of 18:10.75 and 16th place finish was the top Ivy performance of the day. Hot on Brown’s heels in 9th place with 285 points was the squad from Dartmouth, which was led by sophomore Bridget O’Neil. She finished 35th with a time of 18:25.46. Also in the field was a 5-women Harvard squad that finished 21st with 591 points.  The top Crimson runner was Madeline Ankhelyi who finished 30th with a time of 18:23.7.

In the Men’s Varsity 8k, the top Ivy team snagged 4th place as Dartmouth scored 207 points, finishing only behind winner Boston University (143 points), runner-up Amherst (176 points), Maine (199 points). Dartmouth was led by freshman Marco Pompilj, who finished 10th with a time of 25:12.35. The only other scoring Ivy team in the race was Yale, which finished 18th with 462points. The Bulldogs were led by junior Nathaniel Sievert’s 16th place showing in a time of 28:18.72. Although Brown only ran 4 men, and thus did not appear in the team results, they had two of the top performers on the day: juniors Stephen Bourguet (8th, 25:02.47) and Tucker Hamilton (11th, 25:13.09).

There was a strong Ivy presence in the two junior varsity races.  Yale was the top Ivy team in the Women’s JV 5km as they placed third, led by Sarah Healy‘s second place finish (18:38).  Brown placed fourth as a team as they were led by Cecile Harmange‘s 25th place finish (19:30.4).  Dartmouth also had some runners in the JV race but not enough to score as a team.  Their top runner was frosh Lillian Anderson, who finished 8th overall with a time of 19:02.1.  But Dartmouth scored as a team in the Men’s JV 8km race where they finished second in the team standings. The Big Green were led by frosh Benjamin Szuhaj who finished second overall in 25:50.5.  Yale had some of their runners compete in the JV race as well, with Michael Yuan finishing 72nd overall in 26:52.3, but not enough runners to score as a team.

photo by Michael Scott

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