PHILADELPHIA - The men's cross country team, ranked 12th in the Mid-Atlantic in the most recent regional rankings, will take part in the 72nd annual Heptagonal Championships on Saturday. Due to grounds under repair at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, this year's race will be held on Princeton's West Windsor Fields, just the third time in race history that the event has been moved.
A talented field awaits the Penn harriers, who return six from the team that competed at last year's event, finishing in fourth place. Both the host Tigers as well as Columbia enter the weekend ranked in the Top 30 nationally. Princeton is the #1 team in the Mid-Atlantic region and ninth nationally, while Columbia sits at 28th.
Junior Kevin Foy is the top Quaker returner from last year's event, his time of 25:48 in the 8k race good for 47th overall as he was the fifth Penn runner to cross the finish line. Seniors James Finucane, Mike Vido and Ryan Cunningham followed Foy to the line while sophomore Neb Osman and junior Mike Kiley rounded out the returnees.
The Quakers enter this weekend's race after one of their best performances of the season at the Penn State National Invitational, finishing seventh in a field of 21. Kiley was the top Penn finisher with a time of 27:23 while two runners who didn't compete in Heps a year ago, George Dickson (27:32) and Max Lamb (27:39), were the next two Quakers to the tape. The muddy conditions of that race could be a precursor to Saturday as a rainy forecast is liable to bog down the flat track at Princeton.
The men's race will get underway at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning with the women's race to follow. An awards ceremony including the naming of the All-Ivy First and Second Teams will complete the day's festivities. You can follow a live blog of the race here, while final results will be posted on the Ivy League website here.