Alumni Action, Near & Far

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We need to dive into some alumni results before we spend the rest of the week on the undergrads.  One event occurred earlier today while the other one is something we learned about last week that needs to be noted.

The Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Championship took place earlier today at Franklin Park, where many of the top harriers in the region congregated to race.  When the races were completed, plenty of Ivy alumni were seen at or near the top of both the individual and team results.

Princeton alumna Liz Costello continued to show off her fine cross country racing form to win the individual title in the women’s 5km competition in 16:35, beating the field by 5 seconds.  She improved both her finish and her time from last year where she finished 6th in 16:57 on the same course.  The next Ivy finisher is actually an undergrad – Harvard freshman Erin Dietz has opted to make this race be her only grass race for this year.  She finished 7th overall in the elite field with a time of 17:45.  Dartmouth alumna Megan Krumpoch was the next Ivy finisher in 16th place (18:20), followed by Princeton alumna Lindsay Eysenbach in 22nd place (18:46).  None of these Ivy women were a part of any official team scoring.

In the men’s 8km competition, the team title went to the New England Distance Project which features three Ivy alumni – Henry Sterling, Steve Mangan, and Jake Sienko (shown above).  These three men finished in the top 15 to help their Providence-based training team to win with 35 points.  Sterling finished in the top 10 with an eighth place finish in 24:00, while Mangan and Sienko finished in 14th and 15th respectively in the same time of 24:34.  The top Ivy finisher was Dartmouth alum Will Geoghegan who finished 4th overall in 23:39.  Brown alum Jordan Mann joined Geoghegan and Sterling in the top 10 as he finished 10th overall in 24:14.  Other Ivy finishers included Cornell alum John Schilkowsky (38th – 25:46) and Harvard alum James Leakos (40th – 25:53).

Now, Leakos’ result from the Mayor’s Cup could have partially been influenced by jet lag.  Leakos was a member of the Ivy League Select Team (ILST) that participated in the Izumo Ekiden back on October 12th.  Ivy League teams have participated in this Japanese road racing relay event in the past, where the six-leg event has distances varying from 5.8 to 10.2 km.  The all-time best finish for an Ivy League team was eighth place.  Princeton alum Sam Pons led off for the ILST, finishing the 8.0km First Stage in 23:20 and placing the team in 9th place.  His former Princeton teammate Tyler Udland continued on, finishing the 5.8km Second Stage in 16:57 but the team slipped back into 11th place.  The team maintained the 11th position through the three stages, as Princeton alum Chris Bendsten ran the 8.5km Third Stage 26:10, followed by Alejandro Arroyo Yamin ran 6.2km Fourth Stage in 18:38, and then Harvard alum Will Geiken in the 6.4km Fifth Stage in 19:39.  When it was Leakos’s turn, Leakos turned out the third-fastest stage time in the field to bring the team home in 9th place.  He ran the 10.2km Sixth and final stage in 30:36.  The Ivy League Select Team finished 9th overall in a time of 2:15:20, as Aoyama Gakuin University won the event in a new competition record in 2:09:05.

photo by New England Distance

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