The Harvard men's and women's cross country teams tasted the sweetness of success Friday afternoon at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx.
The men were victorious over Cornell, 24-33, and Columbia, 21-34, but lost to the University of Pennsylvania, 27-32 in the four-team, one-race meet. Ted Ullyot, running his second cross country race ever, won with a time of 26:15.7, edging out senior teammate Brian Cann by two-tenths of a second.
In cross country competition, the winner of the race earns the least points among the field. The team with the lowest score wins the meet.
Tim Harte placed third for Harvard and seventh overall, followed by teammates Jon Lewis and Hans Weber.
"There was too big a gap between the third and fourth runners," Crimson Coach Frank Haggerty said, "if we can rectify that, the whole season will be better than last year."
The women opened their season with a victory over Cornell, 18-38. Sophomore Suzanne Jones finished first with a time of 18:57, followed by Captain Katie Toner who finished at 19:05.
Cornell's best finish was third place. Harvard's Romney Refney, Tina Lount and freshman Rose Schneider placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
"We ran according to the plan. Five girls were running together at the lead at the mile mark," Haggerty said. "Our women ran a very aggressive race. Cornell didn't offer much opposition. Although we can't rest on our laurels, since each meet will be more difficult, the prospects look good."
The key to success for the women will be keeping the runners healthy; four members are already injured. If all goes well, the Crimson runners should have a solid pack of eight to lead the team to victory.
"The team ran great. The first meet is really tough physically and mentally and we tried to take the first mile-and-a-quarter out really hard," Toner said. "The team is fairly young and inexperienced, but that doesn't matter because they are performing now."
Friday's weather--90 degrees and 80 percent humidity--was not ideal for running.
Harvard travels this Saturday to Bryant College to face Brown, Rice, Drake, and Northeastern.
Men's Golf at NEIGA (at New Seabury, MA)
Women's Field Hockey at Lowell, 4 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Providence, 3 p.m.
Women's Volleyball at Williams, 7 p.m.