There has been a lot of discussion among the Ivy fans on who is the men’s team favorite for Friday as there can be up to five teams included in that debate. One of those teams is Dartmouth. The Big Green could have an advantage in being very familiar in how to run hills due to where their campus is located – after all, Van Cortlandt Park has the challenging Cemetery Hill hidden in the forested portion of the course. However, the team has demonstrated this season how they can challenge some of the big teams in the region and come out on top. Their most impressive performance so far this season was their second place team finish at the Battle in Beantown, utilizing a 16 second scoring spread.
The team is relying on experience to carry them through this season. The Big Green has been led this season by seniors Curtis King and Brian Masterson. Masterson kicked off his final cross country season with a win at the Dartmouth Invitational, improving his personal course best by almost 16 seconds. Masterson continued to be among the top Big Green runners, finishing as the #2 runner at the Battle in Beantown, and then #3 runner at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. King made his season debut at the Battle of Beantown and finished as the #1 runner and a top 10 overall finish, leading the team to a second place team finish. King continued to lead the team at the Wisconsin Invitational, making it into the top 100 individual results.
Dartmouth will be looking to Joey Chapin, Nat Adams, Peter Geithner, Patrick Gregory, Daniel Silas, and Julian Heninger to round out the team scoring on Friday. Each of these men have scored for the team at least once this season and have the big-time racing experience that could be crucial for the competitive HepsXC team standings. All of these men also have HepsXC racing experience and they will all be looking to improve upon their respective finishes from last year. Perhaps the Van Cortlandt hills will fall in their favor.
photo by Doug Austin