Track and Cross Country
In Tallahassee, Fla., the Harvard men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Nationals for the second season in a row, with both teams improving on their 2019 finishes. When the dust cleared, the men finished in 12th and the women in 25th.
Coming off fantastic team performances at the Ivy League Championships two weeks ago, the Harvard men and women’s cross country teams both qualified for NCAA nationals, with the women winning regionals for the second season in a row dating back to 2019 and the men placing second in a field of over 35 teams.
At Princeton’s home course in New Jersey, the Harvard women’s cross country team dominated its way to winning the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship for the first time since 2016. Two top-five finishers and five top-twelve finishers provided the Crimson women with the scoring depth necessary to capture the title. The Harvard men finished just behind Princeton in second, led by an exceptional performance by senior Matthew Pereira, who became the first Harvard individual champion since Kieran Tuntivate ’20 in 2018.
Junior Isabell Sagar, pictured above earlier in the season, finished third overall in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship with a time of 20:31.8. Sagar's individual effort was one of many that helped power the Crimson women to 37 points and the team first-place finish.
On Friday, October 15th, Harvard men’s and women’s cross county traveled north to race in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational against 31 and 35 other highly-competitive collegiate programs. The Crimson men finished an impressive 13th and the women finished in 25th, both substantially improving from their performance in the same race in 2019.
After a successful performance HYP last weekend, the Harvard men's and women's cross country teams produced another solid effort at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown this Friday, September 24th. The Crimson topped Ivy League rivals Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Brown.
The Harvard men's cross country team lines up alongside Yale, one of the two rivals faced this week at the HYP meet, in a contest from a couple of years ago. At last Saturday's event, the Harvard women would go on to place second behind Princeton, narrowly missing out on the first-place crown. The Harvard men would go on to battle the Tigers as well but held on to win by a slim margin, narrowly fending off the Princeton charge.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, Harvard cross country took on Ivy League rivals Princeton and Yale at the Tigers’ home course in New Jersey. Amidst steep competition, the Crimson men placed first in their 8k race, edging Princeton by one point, with the women placing second, falling just short of the Tigers in their 4.8k race.