NEW YORK - The Columbia men are the 2015 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Champions! Columbia edged out Penn in the men's race at Van Cortlandt Park, while the women finished in third place, right behind Princeton and Yale.
Aubrey Myjer (Mountain View HS) took home a third place finish, helping Columbia to its first conference title since 2013. Jack Boyle finished in seventh place and Tait Rutherford crossed the line in ninth to also earn All-Ivy League recognition.
Penn's Thomas Awad claimed the individual title at the event, clocking a 24:26.4 in the five-mile race. Yale's Kevin Dooney was second in 24:29.5, edging out third place Myjer in 24:30.3.
Boyle was next for Columbia, taking the final spot on the first team All-Ivy League list in seventh at 24:46.6. Rutherford was a second team All-Ivy selection for the second straight year, as the senior's ninth place time was 24:54.9.
The Lions next two finishers, Marc Violone and Sam Ritz, were crucial in getting Columbia (65 points) enough points to edge out Penn (69 points) for the championship. Violone was 18th in 25:18.3 while Ritz finished 28th in 25:27.7, giving the Lions the victory.
Columbia led the entire way, holding spots three-through-five at the 4.1K check point, and five-through-seven at the 5K mark.
The women's team took third place, led by two All-Ivy League second team performances. Olivia Sadler finished in ninth place and her senior classmate Leila Mantilla was 14th as both runners were All-Ivy performers for the second straight year.
At the 3.1 mile checkpoint, the Lions were in second place, holding spots eight, ten and eleven. Princeton led throughout the race, as Elizabeth Bird, Emily De La Bruyere and Kathryn Fluehr finished first, fourth and sixth respectively.
Natalie Tanner was the third Columbia finisher, clocking a 21:52.9 in the 6K race. Tanner missed All-Ivy recognition by one spot, as Mantilla (21:47.8) was the final honoree, joining Sadler (21:29.1). The champion from Princeton, Bird, crossed the line in 20:47.4.
Pegah Khosravi-Kamrani was 20th overall in 22:01.2 and Libby Kokes was 36th in 22:21.6, rounding out the top five Columbia runners on the women's side.