Cross Country Competes at Pre-Nationals
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
NEW YORK - The Columbia men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2010 Pre-Nationals, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. Competing against some of the top runners in the country, the Lions were led by sophomore Caroline McDonough, who finished 15th overall in the women’s race.

The Columbia women’s team competed in the Blue Race, and McDonough was the top finisher for the Lions, as she finished 15th of 216 athletes. McDonough crossed the line in 20:39.7, just over 30 seconds behind the race winner. Senior Jacqueline Drouin was the next to finish for Columbia, as she came in at 21:15.9, good for 50th overall. She was followed by senior Julianne Quinn (100th – 21:39.7), sophomore Noelle Van Rysselberghe (156th – 22:09.3), first-year Emily Lanois (164th – 22:17.1), sophomore Clare Buck (190th – 22:30.3) and senior Erin Hays (208th – 22:45.2).

On the men’s side, senior Thomas Poland led the way for the Lions, coming in 40th overall in the White Race of 241 runners. Poland came in at 24:27.1, just ahead of senior Brendan Martin, who finished 50th in 24:35.1. They were followed by senior Anthony Merra (71st – 24:47.1), junior Justin Heck (79th – 24:50.8), sophomore Benjamin Veilleux (89th – 24:55.8) and first-year Nico Composto (130th – 25:20.3).

Up next for the Lions is the 2010 Ivy League Championships, which will be held in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The women’s race will start at 11 a.m., with the men heading out at 11:45 a.m., Friday, October 29.