NEW YORK— Cross Country was all over the map this weekend in their final races before the Ivy Heptagonal Championships on October 27th.
The women’s team came out strong on Friday in Wisconsin at the Nutty Invitational posting a 12th place finish in the 33-team 6k race. Columbia was the first Ivy League finisher of the four representatives from the conference.
Coach Daniel Ireland said before the race that if the women’s team finished in the top-15, it would put them in a great spot before the big race in two weeks.
Nell Crosby led the way for the Lions in 35th place overall, and first place of the Ivy League runners at 20:28.9. Junior Erin Gregoire was 30 seconds behind her at 20:58.4 in 71st place and senior Erin Melly was not far behind in the 81st slot at 21:02.3. Senior Sarah Hardie finished in 91st place at 21:09.2 and sophomore Bianca Alonzo rounded out the top-5 for the Lions in 111th place at 21:24.8.
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On Saturday, the women's squad finished first among the 20 teams at the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey.
Senior Chloe Binczyk led the Lions as the first Columbia finisher, taking 12th overall in the 6k race at 21:53.4. Freshman Serena Tripodi continued to impress with a 22:06.2 time in the 19th slot. Senior Victoria Ingram came in 25th at 22:17.8 and Freshman Allie Hays finished in 22:26.1 in 31st. Sophomore Katie Wasserman was the fifth Columbia finisher in 37th place at 22:29.9.
On the men's side, the team finished in 33rd place in Wisconsin in the 35-team 8k race. Ryan Thomas was the first Columbia finisher when he crossed the line at 24:46.7 in 101st place. Lucky Schreiner placed 108th at 24:50.0, junior Brian Zabilski came in 181st at 25:17.6 and fellow junior Dan Schumacher was two seconds behind him at 25:19.5 in 186th place. Senior Spencer Haik was the fifth Columbia finisher at 25:51.2 in 210th place.
Closer to home, a group of men competed in the Metropolitan Cross Country Invitational in a 5 mile race on Friday. Columbia placed in the middle of the pack in 6th place.
Junior Alek Sauer was the first to cross the line for the Lions in the 14th slot at 26:43.1. Senior Tyler Otterstedt came in at 27:18.2 in 27th place and Freshman Aaron Breene was right behind him at 27:20.8 in 28th. Freshman Jackson Storey was in 63rd at 28:47.9 and sophomore Willie Hall was not far behind in 72nd at 29:11.7.
On Saturday, the men's team placed 18th in the 8k race in New Jersey. Chris Thompson was the first to cross the line for the Lions in the 82nd slot at 25:28.6. Senior Aidan Goltra placed 96th at 25:39.6 and freshmen Dominic Dyer was a few strides behind in 101st place at 25:43.2. Junior Tyler Italiano came across at 25:46 in the 103rd slot and junior Sam Ritz was 110th at 25:50.3.
Columbia will host their fellow Ivies at Van Cortlandt Park for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Friday, October 27th beginning at 11 a.m.