High school senior Billy Orman, who finished sixth at the prestigious Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 2010, has committed to Harvard and will be attending the college next fall. With one of the most highly rated cross country recruits under its belt, the Crimson has strengthened its young core of distance-running talent for years to come.
The interesting thing about Orman is that he will be moving to a whole new world when he sets foot in Harvard Yard. Tuba City, Ariz., his hometown, features desert-like conditions, an elevation of nearly 5000 feet, and a population less than 10000. This is much different from the freezing temperatures, sea-level elevation, and 100,000+ population of Cambridge, Mass.
In high school, Orman qualified for the Foot Locker nationals meet both his junior and senior years. He also won the Arizona state cross country meet and was recently named Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year for Arizona. His PRs are impressive—9:04.97 (3200m) and 4:19.60 (1600m)—and both ESPNRise and MaxPreps regard him as one of the top distance runners in the nation. The Crimson is happy that Orman is bringing his talents to Cambridge.
As Harvard continues to build its cross country program, attracting some of the premier long-distance runners from around the nation, it will be better able to compete against the elite teams in the Ivy League and the NCAAs.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
1: The place the Harvard men's basketball team holds in the Ivy League standings going into this weekend’s contests.
1: The number of games the Crimson has to win before tying its program record of 21 total victories.
22: The half-time point deficit Harvard overcame in its last meeting with the Bears this season
9: The number of points by which the Crimson beat Brown after logging its largest comeback in program history after being down 24 points.
130: The Sirius Satellite Radio station on which Harvard’s Friday matchup against Brown will be broadcasted.
This weekend will serve as a turning point for a number of Harvard squads as they prepare for postseason play.
First, the track & field and swimming teams head out to compete in their Ivy League Conference Championship meets. For many of these athletes, this weekend will be their last opportunity to compete as a team before national competition begins.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams have double-headers again this weekend, with the men’s team visiting Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday. The men hope to close out the road portion of their schedule on a high note, before hosting Princeton and Penn next weekend.
High school hockey star Devin Tringale recently committed to Harvard. The 17-year-old Medford native is currently a junior at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass.
“Everyone’s excited,” Tringale said of committing to play for the Crimson. “We’re obviously pumped up about it.”
As midterms and papers slowly crush all of us, the athletes of Harvard are crunched for time as they battle to win not only Ivy League glory, but national recognition too. Basketball is coming to a close and a chance at making history is on the horizon. While women’s squash may have come to a close, the men’s team can redeem themselves after last week’s loss to Yale, and the women’s swimming and diving Ivy League Championships are on tap for this week. Take a break from your studies to check out what’s going on around the Ivy League in this week’s edition of Around the Water Cooler.
As the basketball regular seasons come to a close, both Harvard men’s and women’s squads have a chance at doing something that’s never happened in this history of Harvard: hold the Ivy League title at the same time. The men’s team has never won the title and currently sits atop the rankings alongside rival Princeton, while the women’s team is one game behind the Tigers. If it wins the Ivy League it will receive its first bid to NCAA March Madness tournament to compete for the national championship. Princeton’s men’s team had sole possession of first place until this past weekend when the Tigers lost to Brown in a major upset.