In the end, Korolev simply ran out of room to catch the defending national champion, falling just 0.4 seconds short of being the national runner-up.
In the 2013 cross country season to date, Harvard co-captains James Leakos and Maksim Korolev have faced 798 runners in four races, held on four different courses in four different states. And in each of those competitions, the duo has found its place on the top of the leaderboard.
On Saturday, for just the fourth time in 43 years, a Harvard athlete captured the individual title at the Heptagonal Championships.
For the first time in program history, the Harvard men’s cross country team has earned a top-30 ranking in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I coaches’ poll
Co-captain James Leakos ran the second best time ever at the Paul Short Invitational as the Harvard men's cross country team took fourth. The Crimson women finished seventh.
From the sound of the gun, the men’s race of the Harvard cross country team’s season-opener against Yale was effectively a competition for third place.
Season at a glance.
Freshman Martina Salander took fifth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, setting Harvard and Ivy League records along the way.
Season at a glance.
Female Individual Performance of the Year, Runner-Up: Martina Salander at Indoor NCAA Championships, Women's Track and Field
Salander stars as only freshman at NCAA Indoor Championships.
And if her performances in the heptathlon and high jump are any indication, she wasn’t leaving anything to chance.
In spite of a number of strong individual performances at this weekend’s Outdoor Heps, the Crimson was simply unable to put up enough points to compete with the Big Red.
Harvard will travel to Princeton’s Weaver Stadium to square off against its seven Ivy League rivals in the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.
The Harvard track and field team sent a handful of field athletes to the historic Penn Relays over the weekend. With the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships taking place next weekend, the Crimson athletes who were in action turned in some strong performances, including personal-bests.
Pitted against national-caliber competition at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet in Baton Rouge, La., they crushed the record. The team crossed the finish line in 3:38.79, nearly two seconds faster than the previous best mark. The performance earned third place for the Harvard track and field team.