It requires a total team effort to win the Ivy League track and field crown. At the indoor Heps meet this weekend at Dartmouth, the Princeton men put forth an exceptional display of depth, with Tigers scoring points in 15 of the 19 events — the largest spread of any team in the competition. Led by team captains junior Scott Rushton, seniors Tom Hopkins and Chris Bendtsen, the men waged another fierce battle with perennial title challenger Cornell.
Charging into the final lap of the third heat of the mile race at the Boston University Valentine Invitational Saturday, senior Michael Williams was in excellent positioning.
Senior track and field athlete Michael Williams is a national class runner. As a key leg of Princeton’s distance medley relay, Williams has won both the prestigious Penn Relays and National Championships.
Megan Curham arrived at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last weekend looking for a fight. Refusing to be intimidated by the talent-loaded field, Curham gamely stuck her nose in with the top women in the country — and prevailed. Capping off an outstanding collegiate debut cross country season, Curham drove hard to a 34th place finish and All-America honors.
For the first time since 2010, both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams are traveling together to the NCAA Championships.
For the cross country teams, the Ivy League Championships are always one of the toughest meets of the season.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams had their first taste of competitive racing this season at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.
Coming into the 2013 cross-country season, both the men’s and women’s teams are bolstered by strong packs of freshman recruits.
Trailing Cornell by over 40 points in the final hours of the Ivy League championships on Sunday at Harvard, it was hard for anyone but the Tigers themselves to believe that the Princeton men still had a shot at the indoor Heps title. Undeterred by the score, the men’s squad worked like a machine.
Typically, in track and field, the first meet of the season is an opportunity to acclimate to competition and work the kinks out. Such rust-busters come before the bulk of event-specific training and preparation. In general, season openers are viewed more as a way to gauge basic fitness than as an occasion to break records.