Elis to Warm Up for Heps at the Princeton Invitational

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

Team Will Run Same Course Two Weeks Later for Ivy League Crown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The men's cross country team will be making the short trip to New Jersey this Saturday to compete in the Princeton Invitational. The level of competition at this event has traditionally been high, and this year's field is set to feature several of Yale's Ivy League rivals alongside a number of other regional powers.

As an added bonus, Princeton will be playing host to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 29, making Saturday's race an ideal tune-up for that crucial event.

"I think that we should be able to compete very well at Princeton and finish pretty high," said head cross country coach Paul Harkins. "This weekend is also big because we are gaining some invaluable experience on the course where Heps will be in two weeks."

Having rested its strongest runners at last weekend's New England Championships, the Yale team should be healthy and well-prepared the upcoming competition. Expected to lead the way for the Bulldogs is the standout trio of senior Conor Dooney, junior Demetri Goutos, and senior Sam Lynch. Senior captain Nathan Richards and juniors Sam Kirtner and Kevin Lunn will also be looking to score for the Elis, as will sophomore Ryan Laemel, who was the top Yale runner at the New England Championships.

Yale has nearly its full roster entered in races this weekend. The top 10 individuals will compete in the championship division, and the remainder will run in the open race.

The men's 8k Championship Race is slated to begin at 11:15 a.m this Saturday, and the Open Race will follow at 12:45 p.m. Results will be available on www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report filed by Eian Katz, Yale Sports Publicity