Brown Cross Country Ready for 13th Annual Meet of Champions

Sept. 21, 2007

Providence, RI - The Brown men's and women's cross country teams are set to compete at the 13th annual Br. John "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday, Sept. 22. The field consists of 20 teams in each race featuring regionally ranked teams across NCAA Division I, II, and III. Both the men and women's team will get their chance to preview the Ivy League Championship Course.

The men's squad, which is ranked sixth in the regional rankings, will go up against seven other regionally ranked Division I teams in the race field. The Mid-Atlantic region is represented by #3 American, #5 Penn State and #8 Navy. From the Northeast region is Iona (1st), Cornell (5th), Brown (6th), Harvard (8th) and Marist (10th). Division II #12 UMass-Lowell and East Region ranked squads Kutztown (9th) and West Virginia Wesleyan (10th) also join the field on Saturday, Rounding out the men's competitors are Albany, Army, Brockport State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Le Moyne, LIU, Manhattan, NJIT, and Youngstown State.

Leading the Brown varsity men's cross-country squad in its season opener will be senior Ozzie Myers (Chittenango, NY), sophomore Christian Escareno (Mount Prospect, IL), senior Ari Zamir (Ridgewood, NJ), senior Ryan Graddy (Del Mar, CA) and junior Brian Schmidt (West Hempstead, NY). Myers placed 17th last year with a 25:23.3, as Escareno came in 18th with a 25:27.3.

Brown's women's cross country team, which is also ranked sixth in the region, will be joined by five other regionally ranked squads in this weekend's competition. Iona (8th), Cornell (4th), Dartmouth (10th) and Harvard (12th) join the Mid-Atlantic's #5 Penn State in the race field. Division II will comprise of Kutztown, UMass-Lowell, Le Moyne, Albany, Army, UConn, LIU, Manhattan, Marist, NJIT, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Youngstown State.

The women will be led by senior Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) who placed 15th in last year's race with a 21:49.4, as well as sophomore Jenna Ridgway (Santa Barbara, CA) and junior Lindsay Kahn (Port Jefferson, NY).

The women's championship 6K race begins at 9:30 a.m., as the men's 8K starts at 10:15 a.m.