XC16 Runners of the Week #5

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MEN’S RUNNER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman Conor Lundy (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) had an amazing 19th-place finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on the Thomas Zimmer Course in Madison, Wis., on Friday. In a field that included 19 of the nation’s 30 ranked teams, Lundy was the first freshman across the line in 24:18.8. The first Ivy Leaguer to cross the line, his Tigers were 28th overall in the race. “I’m happy with Conor’s performance today,” said Coach Jason Vigilante. “As a freshman to come into a stacked race like this one here in Wisconsin, and lead the team and finish 19th out over more than 200 runners shows tremendous potential.”

WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior Courtney Smith (West Chester, Pa.) took sixth in a field showcasing more half of the nation’s ranked teams at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Friday. Her time of 20:09.2 was just eight seconds behind winner Brenna Peloquin of Boise State as her Crimson squad finished 15th overall, four places behind the League’s top team, the Yale Bulldogs. Smith was running as high as third late in the race.

WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) and Harvard rookie Lisa Tertsch (Darmstadt, Germany) — both world medalists in the triathlon — share the rookie award. Knibb was 40th overall at the Penn State Invitational in State College, Pa., as her Big Red finished sixth in a strong field with the likes of the host Nittany Lions, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Texas. Her time of 21:13 translated to an average mile of 5:41. Tertsch was 57th in the exceptionally strong field at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., with a time of 21:01.8, an average of 5:39 per mile.

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