Updated 11/6 at 12:00 a.m.
The men’s cross country team has brought another title back to Morningside Heights.
The Light Blue won the Ivy Heptagonal Cross Country Championship on Saturday, marking its first Ancient Eight title since 2009 and fourth overall. Defeating No. 15 Princeton and No. 21 Harvard vaulted Columbia back to No. 8 in the national rankings.
The Lions finished with three runners in the top five—senior Nicolas Composto came in second, senior John Gregorek came in fourth, and junior Daniel Everett finished in fifth. All three earned first-team All-Ivy honors for their efforts. Composto’s time of 23:44.5 was not only a personal best, but also the fastest Ivy Heps 8k in Columbia history.
“Every year Princeton always seems to beat us at Heps, but today was our day,” Composto said in a team statement. “We were determined to run as hard as we could and we just really wanted to win the championship today.”
Three more Columbia runners finished in the top 25 to help power the Light Blue to its victory. Senior Jacob Sienko finished 17th, first-year Jack Boyle came in 20th, and sophomore Ben Golestan came in 21st.
The women’s team finished in fifth place, with junior Waverly Neer coming in second individually.
“Waverly ran phenomenal today,” head coach Willy Wood said in Saturday’s statement. “For her to finish second with the time she had was just an incredibe step forward, considering the amount of time she missed last year.”
Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth came in first, breaking the previous Ivy record by 46 seconds, to lead the Big Green to its first Ivy title since 1997.
The Light Blue will next compete at the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park, where the men’s team will be the favorite to win.