PRINCETON, N.J. (6/18/14) - Princeton has announced the 2014 cross country schedules for both the men's and women's teams. With the exception of the October 17-18 weekend, the schedules are identical.
The teams kick start the season against Harvard and Yale in an HYP meet on September 12 in New Haven. It's the first HYP meet for the men since 1997 and first for the women since 2011.
The weekend of Oct. 3 & 4 will see the team split as it has the last few seasons. The team's A squads will head to the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. The rest of the team will take part in the Paul Short Invitational on the Lehigh campus.
This is the seventh consecutive year the women's team will compete in the Notre Dame Invitational, the alma mater of head coach Peter Farrell. The Tigers finished fith out fo 27 last year, with their highest finish being second in 2008 and 2009. The men head to South Bend for the fourth straight year and had been the third-place finishers each time. The Tigers won the Paul Short race last year, besting 45 other squads.
On Saturday, October 18, the women will get a sneak peek of the national course as it competes in the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. The men meanwhile will be at the Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, October 17. Last year both meets had equally impressive competition and should let the teams know where they stand on a national level. The women were 10th at Pre-Nats last year with its best finish in 2008 when it won. The men are returning to Wisconsin this year. The Tigers competed at the meet in 2010, 11 and 12 with their highest finish being third in 2010.
The JV squads will represent Princeton on the home course, West Windsor Fields, at the Princeton Invitational on October 18. The men finished third out of 30 last year, while the women competed in two races, the championship and open, and placed seventh and second respectively.
For the fourth consecutive season, West Windsor Fields will serve as the site of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. Heps will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1.
The Princeton women had a stretch of five straight Ivy championships from 2006-10 and look to improve off of last year's fourth-place finish. The Tigers return all five scorers from last year, including rising sophomore All-America Megan Curham who was fourth as a freshman. Captain Emily de La Bruyere was 10th last year. Other returning scorers include Kathryn Fluehr, Lindsay Eysenbach and Kathryn Little.
The men's team looks to return to the top missing the win for the first time in four years last year. The Tigers took second, eight points shy of the title. Princeton has its work cut out for it as the team's top three scorers from last year, Tyler Udland, Alejandro Arroyo Yamin and Chris Bendtsen have all graduated. Rising seniors Sam Pons, Matt McDonald and Eddie Owens should be the trio that steps up to fill those shoes.
The NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional is slated for Friday, Nov. 14 at Penn State. The top two teams earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The men's team earned an automatic bid last year placing second. Pons, Owens and MacDonald were named all-region as each finished in the top 20. The women's team has finished in the top five at Regionals since the current format began in 2003. The Tigers won in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Tigers were fifth a year ago last year with Curham finishing fifth and de La Bruyere 13th.
The NCAA Championships will be Saturday, Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Last year both teams qualified for the national meet with the men placing 22nd and the women 30th. The men's best finish was in 2012 when it was 11th, while the women were fifth at the NCAAs in both 2008 and 2009. Curham became the first freshman in Princeton women's history to earn All-America honors as she finished 30th overall.
The IC4A and ECAC Championships will be held that same day at Van Cortlandt Park. The men's JV squad was third out of 11 last year while the women were fifth of nine.