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38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Cross Country

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/07/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Men's cross country went 1-2-4-7-12 to win their third straight Heps title.
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event on Aug. 31.

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 Princeton Men's Cross Country: Five Numbers to Know
1906 First season 17

Heptagonal titles

13 NCAA Team Appearances 9 All-America honors 8 Ivy League Individual Champions

 Head Coach

Jason Vigilante
2nd season as head coach in 2013
• Coached 77 All-Americas and 62 conference champions
• Has coached 8 NCAA Champions during his career.
• Won 8 Penn Relay Championship of Americas


Two to Watch

Chris Bendtsen '14
• 2012 Heps Champion
• Two-time All-Ivy and all-region in XC
• Ran in two NCAA Championships: was 43rd in 2012 and 101st in 2011.


Alejandro Arroyo Yamin '14
• 2012 Heps Runner-up
• Two-time all-region
• 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic and Academic All-Ivy
• Ran in two NCAA Championships: was 58th in 2012 and 205th in 2010.


 Five Princeton Men's Cross Country Facts

• Princeton has made 10 team appearances in the NCAA Championships. It's first NCAA bid was in 1969. In 2012 the Tigers recorded the best finish in program history, finishing in 11th place.

Paul Morrison '01 is Princeton's best finisher at the NCAA Championships. He placed eighth in 1999, one year after finishing 51st.

•  Princeton has won six Ivy League titles in the last seven years (2006, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12). The Tigers had a hiccup in 2009, losing by a single point. The program boasts 17 total Heps titles.

• Princeton's last All-America in cross country was Donn Cabral '12 in 2011. That same year, Cabral went on to earn All-America honors in the indoor 5k before winning the steeplechase outdoors. Two months later Cabral was 8th in the London Olympics in the steeplechase.

• Princeton has had 17 men's cross country coaches. The first coach was Keene Fitzpatrick in 1913. Fitzpatrick was also the track coach from 1911-32.

 

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