NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale men's cross country team has finalized its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season, with its first meet to be held on Sept. 8, Heps on Oct. 27 and the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17. The Bulldogs will once again be led by head coach Paul Harkins, as they seek their first Ivy League Heptagonal title. Last season, the Bulldogs finished sixth in the team race at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
This Fall, the Bulldogs will kick off competition on Sept. 8 in the Bronx, N.Y., for the Fordham Fiasco held at Van Cortlandt Park. The Bulldogs won this meet the last time they competed in it during the 2016 season.
Following the Fordham Fiasco, the Bulldogs will travel to Franklin Park in Boston to face Ivy League rivals Harvard and Princeton for the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet, to be held Sept. 15. During the 2015 season, the Bulldogs beat out Harvard in a tie-breaker for second place at the same venue.
The week following the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet will feature no meet, but following that off weekend will be the Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 29 at Lehigh. The last time the Bulldogs competed at Paul Short was during the 2014 season, where they placed fourth as a team.
On Oct. 6, the Bulldogs will take on the region's best at the New England Championships, returning to Franklin Park in Boston. The Bulldogs consistently compete at the New England Championships, and they placed ninth during the 2017 season.
On Oct. 13, the Bulldogs will face one of their hardest tests of the season at the Pre-National Invitational in Madison, Wis. This meet will be the most important regular season meet of the season, as it will be the Bulldogs' most crucial opportunity to score points in order to qualify for the NCAA National Championships in November.
The CCSU Mini meet will be held on Oct. 20, and will feature a last chance for those Bulldogs still vying for team spots on the Ivy Heps starting roster.
The Ivy League Heptagonal Championships will be held on Oct. 27 in Princeton, N.J. This will be the most important meet of the season for the Bulldogs, as they will be chasing their first Ivy League Championship in school history, as well as competing against conference rivals that will present an opportunity for NCAA qualifying points scoring.
The qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships, the NCAA Northeast Regional meet, will be held in Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 9. The top two team finishers at this meet will earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 17.
The schedule will be posted on yalebulldogs.com shortly. All of the meets listed above will be covered with previews preceding them and recaps following their conclusions. The schedule is subject to change, and all changes will be reflected on yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity