Sophomore Places 10th at Heps
PRINCETON, N.J. – Sophomore Matthew Nussbaum was named to the All-Ivy Second Team for his 10th-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday at Princeton University. Nussbaum, who two weeks ago ran the fastest 8K time by a Yale cross country runner in more than four years, managed to slice another 21 seconds off his PR at Heps, crossing the finish line in 24:05.0. He has been the fastest and most consistent Eli runner all season.
Nussbaum hung at the rear of the front group through the 5K mark, at which point the pack began to thin. He was left in a battle with Princeton's Eddie Owens and Cornell's Max Groves and Nick Wade, the latter of whom holds Big Red school records in the 800- and 1000-meter runs. Wade pulled away and finished ninth, but Nussbaum was able to drop Groves and run down Owens in the final 200 meters.
After his freshman season was somewhat slowed due to illness, Nussbaum's emergence this year has been meteoric. He has led the Bulldogs in all but one of the meets in which he has competed this year, and seen his PR fall by more than two minutes from last year. He won the Fordham Fiasco meet, finished sixth in the dual versus Harvard, 21st at the Paul Short Invitational and 131st at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.
"This season has been a lot of fun," said Nussbaum. "Cross country is all about the team, and all the work goes into doing what you can individually to lift the team up. Coach [Paul] Harkins also deserves a great deal of credit for bringing an attitude of confidence and excellence to this program."
As a team, the Bulldogs finished sixth at Heps, but Nussbaum is optimistic looking ahead to NCAA Regionals and beyond.
"Of course, we were hoping for a better team result, but this is definitely a program on the rise," he said. "We have come a long way in just this past year, and we have big things ahead in the years to come."
Nussbaum, who hails from Haddonfield, N.J., is undecided on his major, though leaning toward history.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity