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Cross Country Competes at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

By Saira Khanna, Crimson Staff Writer

This weekend, Harvard ventured down to the land of the Badgers to compete at one of the toughest invitationals in the nation: the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The women competed in the A race, placing 40th of 44 teams. Seniors Jeanne Mack and Kailyn Kuzmuk led the way for the women, placing 171st and 198th, respectively. Washington won the race, and Princeton, the only other school from the Ivy League to compete in this race, placed 25th overall.

The Crimson men fared better in the B race, with sophomore Aaron Watanabe placing 13th with a time of 25:24.7 in an eight-kilometer race. Junior Jakob Lindaas and freshmen Will Geiken followed his lead by running the race in under 26 minutes, placing 36th and 44th, respectively. The Badgers, the second-ranked team, took the title.

“I was very pleased,” Harvard coach Jason Saretsky said. “We were able to make some real improvements from two weeks ago, and we are excited to see the developments, and show them in the Ivy League Championships in two weeks time. The highlight of the trip was seeing that the freshmen handled being in a big competition at a national stage really well. They remained composed and were excited to contribute to the team.”

Other members of the cross country team were scheduled to race at Brown this weekend, but inclement weather changed the team's plans.

“We were disappointed about not sending our athletes to Brown because of the weather, but we didn’t want to risk health and safety of our runners,” Saretsky said. “We had some intersquad competition that was very beneficial.”

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