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Men’s Cross Country to Take on Rival Harvard

Conor Dooney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Conor Dooney. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Dual Meet is a Chance to Best the Crimson

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to Boston's Franklin Park to race the Harvard Crimson in the annual dual meet. The team is coming off of a strong early-season showing at the Fordham Invitational last weekend, where it secured third place out of 16 teams with 88 points. The team stayed close together through much of the race, which proved to be an effective strategy, given the Bulldogs' results.

Juniors and seniors lead the charge last week, filling each of the five scoring positions, and will certainly be called upon to do so again. Senior Sam Lynch was first across the line for the Bulldogs, followed by senior Conor Dooney, and juniors Demetri Goutos, Sam Kirtner and Matthew Thwaites.

The class of 2015 will also hope to contribute to the team's result, after getting a chance to acclimate to collegiate competition last week. Head coach Paul Harkins has also been able to work with the team a little more closely, after stepping into his new role less than a week before the first race.

Of the meet, Harkins commented, "I am excited to participate in my first dual meet in this storied rivalry. The men will run a little more aggressively this weekend while still working on our pack mentality and strength in numbers. Head to head competition like this is pretty exciting and I'm excited to see our men run unrestrained," he commented, referring to the team's strategy of easing into the last meet before picking up the pace during the latter half of the race.

As for the competition, Harvard competed in the Bryant Invitational last week with a rookie-heavy roster. This should allow the Bulldogs' experience to be an advantage at Franklin Park. The gun will go off for the men's 8k at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Results will be available on after the meet concludes.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity