Fun Before the Run


Last night was the official NCAA Cross Country Championship banquet at the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack.  The banquet is typically held two nights before the championship races to honor all of the NCAA qualifiers, USTFCCCA Regional award winners, and other scholar-athletic awards.  It’s also a good excuse to get all dressed up and dance away some of the jitters before Saturday’s races, like the Princeton women with their coach Peter Farrell did before the dinner above.

Here are a few images captured from the event last night, as seen on social media.  Thank you to Princeton Track/XC, BrownTrack, PennTrack, Irish Athletics, and Zebulon Lang for sharing these images on social media.

brown-ncaaxc-banquetBrown’s Natalie Schudrowitz (L) with coach Mitchell Baker (R)


Cornell’s Ben Rainero (L), coach Zeb Lang, and Brian Eimstad (R)


All of the Penn Quakers, showing off their best Ben Franklin costumes


Yale coach Matt McMasters (L), Kevin Dooney, and coach Paul Harkins (R)


Brown coach Mitchell Baker (L) with Kate DeSimone (R) (B’14/Iowa State)

We’ll provide more links to banquet photos and interviews if more come available, like’s photo gallery!

In other fun news – care to cast some predictions?  Various cross country/track and field websites have set up either prediction contests or fantasy leagues for tomorrow’s races.

  • will offer prizes for those who correctly or closely correctly guesses the top 10 individuals and teams for each race – more Letsrun info is available here.
  • Flotrack is using Twitter for their prediction contest, and will offer prizes for those who get the most points through correct picks – more Flotrack info is available here.
  • USTFCCCA is hosting a fantasy league challenge where you can build your own team and the winner gets bragging rights on how good of a predictor they are – more USTFCCCA info is available here.


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