Men’s Cross Country Set for Ivy League Heptagonal Championship

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's cross country team will travel to Princeton's West Windsor Fields for the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11:00 a.m. Each of the Ancient Eight will race twelve individuals as they compete for the conference title and for points to help qualify out of the regional meets to the NCAA Championships later in the season.

Under Coach Tim Springfield's direction, the Bears are looking improve on last year's eighth-place finish at the 2012 Heps Championships. Brown faces tough competition this year, with Columbia nationally ranked at No. 10, while host, Princeton ranks No. 15 and aims to defend its 2012 title at home. 

Junior Mark McGurrin (Manlius, NY) has led the Bears with multiple top finishes this season, most recently earning a first place finish at the Rothenberg Invitational two weeks ago. Sophomore Ned Willig (Phoenixville, PA) returns after a standout rookie season and most recently took fifth at the Rothenberg Invitational. Senior Colin Savage (Liverpool, NY) also looks to impress after posting strong performances for the Bears at the past two meets.

After Saturday's competition, Brown will have two weeks to continue to prepare for the Northeast Regional Championships, which will take place on Friday, November 15 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York.