October 25, 2013

Bulldogs Take Third in New Britain

Harrison Leads Way and Borsook Sets Personal Record as Bulldogs Roll

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.—The Yale men's cross country team ensured they would enter the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend on a high note after putting on a dominating display at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Mini Meet on Friday.

Thanks in large part to the performances of junior Alec Borsook, freshman Dan Grosvenor and junior Tom Harrison—each of whom placed in the top 20 overall—the Bulldogs finished third at the meet with 106 points, trailing only Providence (65 points) and hosts CCSU (86 points). Providence and CCSU are currently ranked fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Northeast Region in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Yale is ranked seventh. New Hampshire (145 points), currently ranked 14th in the region, finished behind the Bulldogs in sixth place at the Mini Meet. The Elis also outran several other regional rivals, including the likes of Quinnipiac, Stony Brook, UConn and UMass Lowell. 

After finishing first in last year's Mini Meet, the Elis managed another strong finish this year despite missing some of their best runners—many of whom were using this weekend to rest up for the postseason, which begins next weekend. The Bulldogs that did run on Friday certainly made their mark, however, competing in the Mini Meet's 5K race.

Harrison (15:23.25) finished first on the team and 13th overall, falling approximately five seconds shy of his personal record. The performance marked Harrison's second top-seven team finish of this season and was a remarkable improvement from his time of 16:04.28 at last year's Mini Meet, where he placed eighth on the team.

Borsook, meanwhile, picked up where he left off after setting an 8K personal record at the New England Championships two weekends ago, finishing third on the team and 18th overall with a 5K personal record time of 15:28.39. Like Harrison, Borsook showed much improvement with respect the 16:02.75 he ran at last year's Mini Meet. Finishing just ahead of Borsook was Grosvenor (15:27.70), running in just his fifth collegiate race.

Senior Miles Richardson (15:42.26) finished 30th overall in his fourth race of the season. Freshman Ryan Douglas (15:43.41) was the Elis' final scorer of the day, finishing 32nd overall. Douglas' time on Friday, which he registered in just his fifth collegiate race, was a 17-second improvement over his 5K personal record from high school. Sophomore Will Botta (16:01.15) and freshman David Hatch (16:45.92) rounded out the Bulldogs' squad, placing 53rd and 90th, respectively.

Friday's race brings another successful regular season to a close for the Bulldogs. The postseason will begin with the Heptagonal Championships in Princeton, N.J., on Nov. 2. That race will be followed two weeks later by the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Championships in New York City—a race that will determine the field for the NCAA Division I National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., the following weekend.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity