The Columbia men’s and women’s cross country teams both started off their season this Saturday with runner-up finishes at the Wolfie Invitational hosted by Stony Brook University.
The men’s performance this weekend indicates they will remain a team to watch as they hope to replicate last year’s success, which earned them a program-high national ranking at No. 18 coming into the 2013 season. Their score of 30, a mere three points behind Providence, earned them a second-place finish out of the four teams competing in the 8k race. Junior Daniel Everett led the Lions with a fourth-place time of 24:52.95 while Columbia men earned 17 out of the top 23 spots.
The women garnered a team score of 42 for the 5k, placing them 16 points behind the victorious and No. 1-ranked Providence and 37 points ahead of third-place finisher Stony Brook. Junior Waverly Neer came in fourth with a time of 18:07.12 while four of her fellow Columbia runners—sophomore Leila Mantilla, and seniors Caroline Williams, Chelsea Carrick, and Danika Simonson—snagged the eighth through 11th spots. The latter four finished with times mere seconds apart from one another.
The men will next be in action Friday, Oct. 4 at the University of Notre Dame Invitational, while the women will compete at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 5.