NEW YORK – With the story of one of the best Columbia men’s cross country teams in program history still in progress, the Lion’s squad will look to add a conference title in the books on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the 2013 Ivy League Cross Country Heptagonal Championships. At 11 a.m., Columbia will take on the Ancient Eight in the men’s 8k-race at West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J.
Fans are welcome to come cheer on the Lions by riding the free fan bus. Columbia track and field alumni are sponsoring bus transportation to Princeton, which will leave from 116th Street and Amsterdam Ave. at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The bus will depart after the awards ceremony that begins at 1 p.m. Fans should locate a Columbia representative to find out when the bus is departing from Princeton.
For more information and to reserve your seat, contact Will-Boylan Pett, Assistant Cross Country/Track & Field Coach.
For the second straight season, No. 10 Columbia will enter Saturday’s race as Heps highest ranked team. With a No. 1 ranking in the Northeast region, the Lions stand atop five of its Ivy League opponents and are on the hunt for the programs fourth Ivy League title.
ABOUT THE LIONS
From the start of the season, Columbia has continued to run through this year’s challenges to position themselves to capture the 2013 Ivy League crown. With a series of unknowns about the team heading into the season, the Lions made a huge statement on Oct. 4 winning the Notre Dame Invitational.
In only its second meet of the season, Columbia took the nation by storm defeating eight of the nation's top-30 ranked opponents in South Bend, Ind. Senior Nicolas Composto led the Columbia pack with a 12th place time of 24:42.0. Just steps behind were senior Jacob Sienko (13th, 24:42.2) and junior Daniel Everett (14th, 24:42.9) to give the Lions three runners in the top-15. The victory jumped Columbia from No. 30 in the country to its highest ranking in program history at No. 8.
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The Lions faced its next challenge on Oct. 12 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. With 19 of the nation’s top-30 teams competing, Columbia roared to a sixth-place finish defeating a number of top-15 opponents, including No. 6 Arkansas, No. 10 Princeton, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 13 North Carolina and No. 15 Texas.
The Lions appeared to be in sensational at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., with all of the team’s top runners posting career best times in the race. Sienko paced the squad with a time of 23:53 for 34th-place in a field of 300-plus runners. Everett (40th) and John Gregorek (41st) crossed the finish line together at 23:55, while Composto rounded out the Columbia finishers with a 50th-place time of 24:01.
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RUNNERS TO WATCH
Nicolas Composto, Senior
- Career-best time of 24:01 at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational
- Led Columbia to a victory at the Notre Dame invitational
Jacob Sienko, Senior
- Has Columbia's fastest 8k time this season: 23:53
- Led Columbia to a top-10 finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational
- 2012 All-Ivy League honors with a 13th-place finish.
Daniel Everett, Junior
-Has Columbia's second fastest 8k time this season: 23:55
-Has finished in Columbia's top three in a ll races this season.
COLUMBIA HISTORY AT HEPS
|CHAMPIONSHIPS||2009, 2004, 1979|
|BEST TOTAL SCORE||48pts.(1979), 51pts.(2011), 58pts.(2012), 60pts.(2009)|
23:50.1 (- 2012), 23:59.3 ( - 2012)
24:12.5 (Jacob Sienko - 2012), 24:24.3 (t - 2012)
|BEST FINISHES AT SITE||2012 (runner-up), 2011(runner-up),|
SCOUTING THE ANCIENT EIGHT
Columbia will enter Saturday’s meet as a serious threat to take down three-time defending champion No. 15 Princeton. Both teams currently stand as the best in their regions with the Lions in the Northeast and Princeton in the Mid-Atlantic Region.No. 21 Harvard adds a third top-30 nationally ranked team to this year’s field and the Crimson are one of four Ivy League teams in the top-seven of the Northeast region at No. 5. Dartmouth is next at No. 6, followed by Yale at No. 7.