Lions Conquering VCP


Louisville was not the only location of cross country action on Saturday.  Van Cortlandt Park hosted the IC4A and ECAC Championship races, and there was plenty of Ivy – especially Light Blue Ivy – at the top of the podium.

Columbia swept the individual and team title in the IC4A Championship Division, claiming the team title for the second year in a row.  Columbia’s Jack Boyle won the individual title in 25:21.2 for the 5 mile race, eight seconds ahead of Harvard’s Chris Allen (25:29.2) in second place.  All of Columbia’s scorers finished in the top 10 – frosh Brian Zabilski (3rd, 25:34.9), frosh Sam Ritz (7th, 25:39.1), Spencer Haik (8th, 25:40.1), Dustin Wilson (9th, 25:40.6), and Ben Ritz (10th, 25:44.9).  This allowed the Lions to dominate in the team scoring with 28 points, while runner up St. Joseph’s was way back with 71 points.  Harvard finished third in the team scoring with 80 points with Ben Huffman (13th, 25:50.2), Brandon Price (14th, 25:52.7), frosh Austin Gilbert (29th, 26:30.0), and frosh Kieran Tuntivate (34th, 26:34.2).

Columbia also claimed the individual and team titles in the IC4A Coaches Division by claiming a perfect score of 15 points.  Keenan Piper led the charge, claiming the win with a time of 26:45.5.  Aidan Goltra (26:48.0), George Miao (26:56.1), Johain Ounadjela (27:02.6), and Dan Schumacher (27:22.2) were the other Lion scorers in the race.  Columbia was the only Ivy in the Coaches Division.

While there weren’t any Ivy teams in the IC4A University Division race, it should be noted that Harvard alum Nephat Maritim helped Northeastern to the team title with his second place finish.  Maritim ran his race in 25:36.4 in a race that was won by Canisius College’s Chad Maloy in 25:28.4.

There was also a lot of Light Blue in the women’s ECAC races as Columbia defended their team title in the ECAC Championship 5km race.  Natalie Tanner continued to lead the Lady Lions this season as she finished 5th overall in 18:02.2, steps ahead of her teammate Olivia Sadler (6th, 18:03.1).  Columbia’s remaining scorers all finished in the top 10 – Pegah Kamrani (8th, 18:12.8), frosh Libby Kokes (9th, 18:13.8), and Leila Mantilla (10th, 18:23.4) – to give the team a score of 38 points.  Princeton sent a young squad to compete in the Bronx.  Led by frosh Morgan Lucey (27th, 19:14.7), the team finished 8th in the team standings with 175 points.  Other Tiger scorers were frosh Laura Hergenrother (42nd, 19:43.9), frosh Taylor Bacon (45th, 19:48.5), Mary Hui (46th, 19:54.2), and Sarah Porter (19:55.8).

Columbia also had runners in the ECAC Coaches Division race, but not enough to have a team score.  Charlotte Pierce and Victoria Ingram went 1-2 with times of 19:29.5 and 19:29.7, respectively.  Columbia’s final runner, Christina Firl, finished 34th overall with a time of 21:46.0.

This wraps up the 2015 cross country season.  Indoor track and field is just a few weeks away.  Enjoy this Thanksgiving break!

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