The 2016 edition of the women’s HYP cross country meet was expected to be a nip-and-tuck battle at a high level. After all, all three teams were ranked among the nation’s top 30 and separated by just seven places in the nation’s coaches poll.
But it turned out to be a day for a herd of Bulldogs as Yale took the next six positions after Harvard junior Courtney Smith took the tape in 19:07.8 in Princeton, N.J., on Saturday. Yale seniors Frances Schmiede (19:08.6) and Emily Waligurski (19:08.9) finished close behind.
Yale — ranked 29th — finished with 20 points followed by No. 26 Harvard (53) and No. 22 Princeton (63). Rounding out the scoring for Yale were junior Dana Klein (fourth in 19:16.7), senior Meredith Rizzo (fifth in 19:19.2) and sophomore Andrea Masterson (sixth in 19:19.7).
“The whole team was of course excited about the win, and also just proud to be a part of this team,” said Waligurski. “A big, cohesive pack of Yale runners led for most of the race today and it was special to be a part of this strong herd.”
Joining Smith in the top 10 for Harvard was her classmate Elianna Shwayder, who was eighth in 16:24.9. Two rookies — Eliza Rego and Gillian Meeks — were next across for the Crimson.
Princeton’s top finisher was senior Alexandra Markovich (ninth in 19:29.9) while Ally Rome, with her 12th place showing, was the first freshman across the line.
The men’s race bore some similarities to the women’s as Princeton had a blanket finish behind a stand-alone finisher, James Randon of Yale who finished the 8k course in 24:58.9. Following him was a sea of orange led by junior Noah Kauppila (25:01.0), freshman Conor Lundy (25:01.7), senior William Bertrand (25:09.6) and sophomore Jeremy Spiezio (25:12.3).
“We ran well and I’m very happy with the direction our program is moving,” said Princeton Coach Jason Vigilante. “To beat Harvard and Yale in this long rivalry is always gratifying.”
The final team scores saw the Tigers with 23 points, Yale 49 and Harvard 55. The Crimson’s top scorers were senior Brandon Price and freshman Murimi Nyamu.