Crimson staff writer
Michael P. Dybala
When sophomore Courtney Smith ran at Tom Sawyer Park at the University of Louisville at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships this Saturday, she carried the weight of the entire Harvard cross country program on her shoulders.
One year removed from last place finishes at the same meet last season, the Harvard men’s cross country team tied for second place and the women’s team took home a first-place finish by a one-point margin at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton contest this past Friday at Franklin Park in Boston.
For three Harvard track and field athletes—one recent graduate and two current undergraduates—athletic glory does not stop at the Ivy League or even NCAA level. These three competitors, who are no strangers to competing for the Crimson, now have their sights set on gold.
As we get closer to closing the books on another semester, Harvard athletes are also finishing up the spring sports season, with most teams completing regular season play this weekend. With some free time on their hands as practices and p-sets come to an end, the Crimson’s best athletes took to Twitter this week to discuss everything from walruses to the Game of Thrones season premier.
This weekend, the Harvard softball team extended its winning streak to six games at home against Ancient Eight rivals Cornell and Princeton.
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team enters the match on a four-game skid, with three of its four losses coming to opponents ranked in the current top 14, while No. 3 Cornell has won its last four, including three victories over fellow Ancient Eight teams.
Underclassmen dominate the roster, making up 16 of the 24 spots on a team that features only one senior. It has been that small cluster of sophomores, though, that contributed to much of the Harvard’s success last season and continue to be difference-makers this year.