PRINCETON, N.J. (7/1/13) - Princeton has announced the 2013 cross country schedules for both the men's and women's teams. With the exception of the Lehigh Invitational, the schedules are identical.
The women will kick start the season at the Lehigh Invitational on August 31. It marks the first Princeton Athletics event of the season. The Tigers are hoping to get accustomed to the course, which will serve as the site of the NCAA Regional in November.
The Tigers will visit Van Cortlandt Park for the first time in 2013 on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the Brother Doyle Invitational. The teams will make a return visit for the ECAC/IC4A Championships on November 23.
The weekend of Oct. 4 & 5 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, another chance to run on the Regional course.
For the last two years, the women's team has finished eighth at the Notre Dame Invitational. This is their sixth consecutive year competing in the Invitational, with their highest finish being second in 2008 and 2009. The Tigers' JV women's squad was second at the Paul Short Invitational last year, a meet the team has competed in every year since 2006. This is the third straight year the men's team is running in the Notre Dame Invitational. The Tigers were third in both 2011 and 2012. Princeton has competed in the Paul Short Run every year since 2001, winning it in 2010.
Princeton hosts its own invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19 at West Windsor Fields. The team's top runners, however, will be competing at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. After a two-year hiatus the teams return to Pre-Nats. The women's team was seventh in 2010, third in 2009 and won in 2008. The men's team was fifth in 2010, it's best finish at the meet in program history. The JV squads will represent on the home course for the Princeton Invitational. The women placed sixth out of 25 last year and have been in the top six every year since it started in 2006. The men finished 14th out of 45 last year, running just its freshmen. Previously the Tigers had won or finished second every year since the meet began in 2006.
For the third consecutive season, West Windsor Fields will serve as the site of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. Heps will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2. The women's team was the runner-up last year and looks to regain the crown. The Tigers won Heps five straight seasons from 2006-2010. Princeton lost three of its scorers from last year, including Greta Feldman who was eighth. Also gone is Abby Levene, Mel Newbery and Alexis Mikaelian. Returning scorers are juniors Jackie Nicholas who finished 13th last year and Emily de La Bruyere who was 27th. The men's team looks to defend its title as the team returns the No. 1 and No. 2 runners from last year, seniors Chris Bendtsen and Alejandro Arroyo Yamin. The team is seeking its fourth straight title and seventh in eight years. Princeton returns all of its scorers from last year, including No. 4 Tyler Udland, No. 5 Jonathan Vitez, No. 12 Eddie Owens and No. 14 Matt McDonald.
The NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional is slated for Friday, Nov. 5 at Lehigh. The top two teams earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. 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 fourth last year with Feldman, de La Bruyere and Nicholas earning all-region honors. The men's team was nudged out of an automatic qualifier last year placing third. Bendtsen, Arroyo Yamin, Udland finished 3-5-6 to earn all-region honors. Michael Franklin is the lone Tiger scorer not returning.
The NCAA Championships will be Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. The women's side has had individuals run in the NCAA Championships the last two years and last competed as a team in 2010 when it finished 15th. Princeton was fifth at the NCAAs in 2008 and 2009. The Princeton men posted its best finish in program history last year with an 11th-place finish at the NCAAs. Bendtsen, Arroyo Yamin and Udland all finished in the top 100. The Tigers were 19th in 2011 and 12th in 2010.