Track and Cross Country
While Joey Colton took home athlete of the week honors this week after leading men’s water polo to its first NCAA Tournament berth, four other Harvard student-athletes had notable performances for their respective teams, earning this week’s Athlete of the Week runners-up honors.
The Crimson came in 26th place overall with 551 points, again making history. This was the Harvard team’s best finish since 1983, when the team finished 13th out of a total 16 teams.
Junior Courtney Smith, an All-American first team selection, will have all eyes on her as she looks to get another first place finish and carry her team to another victory. She has had the past two weeks to rest and prepare herself for the intense competition and course that is sure to come this weekend.
This weekend at the NCAA Regionals, the Harvard women’s cross country team (29-17, 6-3 Ivy League), along with sophomore Kieran Tuntivate from the men’s team, will look to continue to make history two weeks after a strong showing at Heps in which the women placed first and the men had a Top 10 finish.
Harvard’s Athletics Director has asked the Office of the General Counsel to review the men’s cross country team after The Crimson reported former men’s runners produced “sexually explicit” spreadsheets about members of the women’s team.
The Harvard men’s cross country team produced yearly spreadsheets about members of the women’s team, sometimes writing “sexually explicit” comments about them, according to team correspondence obtained by The Crimson.
Led by an individual victory by junior Courtney Smith and top-10 performances by three freshman, the Harvard women’s cross country team took home its first Ivy League Heptagonal Championship since 1985. This historic victory was Harvard’s seventh overall title in program history and Smith’s title is Harvard’s first since Suzanne Jones took home gold in 1989.
The Harvard men’s and women’s cross country teams will visit Princeton, N.J. on Saturday to compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Racing for the Ancient Eight crown, the two teams will attempt to end a 30-year title drought.
Racing in multiple timezones over the course of two days, the Harvard cross country women and men separated to race in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, the 2016 Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Indiana State, and the Princeton Invitational.
Back on the East Coast and racing in Boston, the Harvard women’s cross country team battled to an impressive second place finish in a competition that brought together 35 of the top teams from the New England area.
Split between coasts, the Harvard cross country women and men both had impressive meets against deep fields of runners. The women traveled across the nation to compete in the Washington Invitational while the men stayed near the east coast to compete at the Paul Short Invitational
Split between coasts, the Harvard cross country women and men both had impressive meets against deep fields of runners. The women traveled across the nation to compete in the Washington Invitational while the men stayed on the east coast to compete at the Paul Short Invitational.