October 28, 2005

Women Harriers Place Fifth At Heps

The Bears competed at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City on Friday at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. This year's Heps featured the top-three individuals in the country and two nationally ranked teams, making for tough competition among the Ancient Eight.

Improving upon their last year's finish of seventh, the Bears took fifth place with a score of 129 points. Columbia, formally headed up by Brown Head Coach Craig Lake, won its fourth straight title with 54 points on the day.

Eight of the nine competing Bears set personal bests on the 5-kilometer course.

"Everyone drastically improved from last year to this year," Lake said. "To be honest, I could not have been more pleased."

Senior captain Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) led the squad and took second team All-Ivy honors with her twelfth-place finish. Willard posted a time of 17:53, an improvement of 42 places and a minute and 18 seconds from last year's Heptagonals.

"There was a much calmer, confident team on the starting line this year," Willard said. "We were very focused and it allowed us to run a strong race."

Also scoring for the Bears and greatly improving under the direction of Craig Lake were senior Anya Davidson (Brunswick, ME), junior Michol Monaghan (Uniontown, PA), and senior Jilane Rodgers (Brea, CA). Davidson was 19th overall (18:06), a minute and 15 seconds and 52 places better than in 2004. Monaghan finished 25th (18:16), good for a 10-place and 26 second improvement. Rodgers was 37th (18:37), 32 places and 39 seconds faster than last season.

Junior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) also scored for the Bears, taking 36th in 18:34.

The women will gear up next for the NCAA Northeast Regionals to be held at Franklin Park in Boston on November 12.


Full Results
XC Heps Photos by Dan Grossman `71

Team Results:
1. Columbia 54
2. Princeton 65
3. UPenn 104
4. Yale 111
5. Brown 129
6. Cornell 132
7. Dartmouth 147
8. Harvard 164

Individual Results:
12. Anna Willard 17:53
19. Anya Davidson 18:06
25. Michol Monaghan 18:16
38. Naja Ferjan 18:34
39. Jilane Rodgers 18:37
50. Alex Brown 18:52
57. Smita Gupta 19:02
73. Madeleine Marecki 19:25
77. Kelly Powell 19:32