Interview: Head Coach Willy Wood Previews Heps
NEW YORK - On Saturday, Oct. 27 the Columbia men's and
women's cross country teams head to Princeton, N.J., for the 2012 Ivy League
Heptagonal Cross Country Championships at West Windsor Fields. The women's 6K
race begins at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at noon. The awards ceremony
will follow at 1 p.m.
Fans can come cheer on the Lions on the free fan bus. Columbia
Athletics is sponsoring bus transportation to Princeton, which will leave
from 116th and Amsterdam at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The bus will depart after
the awards ceremony. Fans should locate the Columbia representative to find out
when the bus is departing from Princeton.
For more information on the fan bus, contact Will-Boylan
Pett, Assistant Cross Country/Track & Field Coach.
The men's team has compiled an impressive season so far and they
will look to ride that momentum into Heps on Saturday. After a strong
fifth-place finish in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12, the
Lions jumped seven spots to No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA Division I Men's
Cross Country National Rankings, the highest in program history.
Interview: Head Coach Willy Wood Discusses Top 10 National
The Wisconsin field featured 19 of the nation's top-30 ranked
opponents in the USTFCCCA Poll and included six Ivy League opponents. In one of
the biggest performances in program history, the Lions defeated 14 ranked
opponents and placed the highest in the Ivy League beating last year's Heps
RUNNERS TO WATCH
The Columbia women's team has put together a strong season
heading to the 6k-race at Heps. The Lions begin the season taking the title in
the Vermont Invitational in impressive fashion. Five Columbia runners finished
in the top 10 for a winning team score of 20.
The Lions continued to their impressive run at the 2011
Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster. Columbia tallied 92 points in the 4K race to take third
defeating three top 25 USTFCCCA ranked opponents. Following that performance, the
women's team moved into the USTFCCCA National Rankings, for the first time
since 2005, at No. 24 on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
RUNNERS TO WATCH
Mallory Anderson, Senior
- Won the individual title at the 2012 Metropolitan Championships to lead Columbia
Erin Gillingham, Senior
- Has Columbia's second fastest 6k time this season: 21:13
- Holds two top 5 finishes this season, including a second place finish at the 2012 Vermont Invitational
-Interview: Erin Gillingham Talks Women's Cross Country
Emily Lanois, Senior
-Has Columbia's fastest 6k time this season: 20:53.