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The U.S. is upside down in 2016. The Indians and Cubs are facing off in the World Series. Fans are abandoning the NFL in big numbers. And, if able to run for a third term, our current president would win the election… in a landslide.
So if fans came to the Heptagonal Cross Country Championships at West Windsor Fields on Princeton University’s campus on Saturday looking for some normalcy, they left in even a heightened state of confusion.
The men’s and women’s individual champions were the first for the schools in more than a quarter century, but the team champions on both sides end droughts longer than that.
The Penn Quakers turned up the heat over the last two miles, gaining 30 points in that stretch, to claim their first team title since 1973. The Quakers ended with 38 points, 13 fewer than runner-up Princeton, which broke with Penn in the homestretch to distance itself from the rest of the field.
“For the first two miles there were 30-40 people in the pack, but when it thinned out to the top-15 we still had all five of our guys up there. The second half of the race was a really good run for us and we finished strong,” said Coach Steve Dolan.
Penn senior stars Nick Tuck (fourth), Brendan Shearn (fifth) and Christopher Hatler (ninth) led the way while juniors Christopher Luciano (ninth) and Patrick Hally (12th) finished very strong to give Dolan his first team title for the Quakers.
Princeton ran top heavy with three finishers in the top six, led by junior William Paulson who was second in 23:51.8, four seconds behind champion James Randon of Yale, who title was the first for a New Havener since Jim Gibson in 1989. For Princeton, Conor Lundy — the third finisher overall — was the first freshman to cross the line.
While Penn and Princeton charged hard over the last two miles, Columbia and Dartmouth went the other way. Those two teams were just ahead of the Quakers and Tigers at the three-mile split, but finished far behind. The final team standings were Penn (38), Princeton (51), Columbia (81), Dartmouth (115), Yale (118), Cornell (147), Brown (158) and Harvard (194).
On the women’s side, Harvard simply dominated in its first team victory since 1985. Junior Courtney Smith became the first Crimson runner to win the race since Suzanne Jones in 1989, finishing 12 seconds ahead of Penn senior Ashley Montgomery, whose team had its finest showing (third) in years.
The Crimson won easily with 33 points — well ahead of Emily Waligurski-led Yale — as three freshmen joined Smith in the top 10. Erin Dietz was fifth in 20:37.8 followed by teammates Judy Pendergast (sixth) and Lisa Tertsch (ninth).
Final team scores were Harvard (33), Yale (69), Penn (77), Brown (105), Cornell (133), Princeton (137), Dartmouth (142) and Columbia (166).
|William Bertrand||Princeton||Sr.||Clarksburg, Md.|
|Julian Heninger||Dartmouth||Sr.||Lake Oswego, Ore.|
|Conor Lundy||Princeton||Fr.||Tuckahoe, N.Y.|
|William Paulson||Princeton||Jr.||Tetbury, England|
|James Randon||Yale||Sr.||New Canaan, Conn.|
|Brendan Shearn||Penn||Sr.||Asland, Pa.|
|Nicholas Tuck||Penn||Sr.||Burke, Va.|
|Viraj Deokar||Princeton||Fr.||Acton, Mass.|
|James Gowans||Cornell||Sr.||Mexico, N.Y.|
|Patrick Hally||Penn||Jr.||Wilmington, Del.|
|Chris Hatler||Penn||Sr.||Sparta, N.J.|
|Chris Luciano||Penn||Jr.||Mountain Lakes, N.J.|
|Kenny Vasbinder||Columbia||Fr.||East Aurora, N.Y.|
|Brian Zabilski||Columbia||Soph.||Saugas, Calif.|
|Erin Dietz||Harvard||Soph.||Bedford, Mass.|
|Ashley Montgomery||Penn||Sr.||Mount Pleasant, Mich.|
|Judy Pendergast||Harvard||Fr.||Naperville, Ill.|
|Frances Schmiede||Yale||Sr.||Pymble, Australia|
|Courtney Smith||Harvard||Soph.||West Chester, Pa.|
|Emily Waligurski||Yale||Sr.||Hurley, N.Y.|
|Taylor Worthy||Brown||Sr.||Medfield, Mass.|
|Alexandra Markovich||Princeton||Sr.||Solon, Ohio|
|Erin McLaughlin||Cornell||Jr.||Longmont, Colo.|
|Helen Schlachtenhaufen||Dartmouth||Sr.||Lake Forest, Ill.|
|Natalie Schudrowitz||Brown||Jr.||Milwaukee, Wis.|
|Elianna Shwayder||Harvard||Jr.||Saline, Mich.|
|Lisa Tertsch||Harvard||Fr.||Darmstadt, Germany|
|Clarissa Whiting||Penn||Sr.||Delta, Colo.|