Ivy League XC Championships Preview
Want to know how much history there is when it comes to the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship?
A men’s championship has been awarded since 1939, while the women’s title first made an appearance in 1977. Princeton’s men have brought home a record 18 crowns over that span, while the Princeton women have won eight.
What will happen this year when the teams meet up Friday morning at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y.? We’ll have to find out.
The men’s race begins Friday at 11 a.m. EDT, while the women’s race gets underway an hour later.
- Will Penn continue to rise? Raise your hand if you expected the Quakers to beat Villanova at last week’s Princeton Invitational. Exactly. Penn put four of its runners in the top-10 to upend the Wildcats, who pushed the first three across the finish line. The Quakers will need a similar outing this weekend to knock off No. 17 Columbia and unranked Princeton. Penn is led by senior captain Thomas Awad and junior Nick Tuck, who was the team’s top finisher two weeks ago.
- Can Columbia fight off the challengers? According to the latest National Coaches’ Poll, the Lions are the favorite to win the Ivy League title. Columbia is ranked No. 17, the highest out of any team in the men’s field. The Lions had a fantastic performance two weeks ago at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational where they finished 10th thanks to a top-20 finish by Aubrey Myjer.
- Favorites – Columbia’s Aubrey Myjer, Dartmouth’s Curtis King, Penn’s Thomas Awad, Princeton’s Steven Sum.
- An early preview: If you’re wondering how this meet might shake out, check the results from the Wisconsin adidas Invitational two weeks ago. Four women’s teams from the Ivy League were in that race – No. 20 Princeton, No. 25 Columbia, unranked Dartmouth and unranked Harvard. The Tigers were the top Ivy League team, finishing 13th with 421 points, followed by the Lions (17th, 481), the Big Green (20th, 500) and the Crimson (26th, 600). Dartmouth won the past two Ivy League crowns, but if those results from Madison, Wisconsin hold, it will be Princeton’s first title since 2010.
- Favorites – Columbia’s Natalie Tanner, Princeton’s Elizabeth Bird, Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano.