Bekele superfan wrote:
It seems that all four of the teams were racing their B squads this weekend or at the very least holding out their top 5-7. Sub-par showing from Columbia, Yale, and Brown who look to be struggling for depth this year. Dartmouth seemed to win New England's handily and look they are on the rise at the moment.
Agree that it was the B squads for all of them last weekend.
Looking ahead at the weekend schedule, it seems that the A squads will be sent to either Nuttycombe (Columbia, Dartmouth men, Harvard), Virginia Panorama XC23 Invite (Penn men, Yale) or Pre-Nationals (Princeton) for Kolas points. I'm not sure how the field will be at the Penn State National Invite this year (Cornell, Penn women), but the live results website suggest the men will race a 5.2-mile while the women will race a 6km. I'll see for these meets if more team info is available as the week progresses.
Teams not doing the big Kolas point meets:
- Dartmouth women: splitting between Suffolk Invite (Franklin Park, Boston) and Princeton XC Invite (HepsXC preview) on 10/16
- Brown is off this weekend
- Harvard's B squads will remain local as they race Suffolk Invite.
- Cornell will have their B squad stay local with the RC Munsey XC Invite on 10/15
Brown does not have any races outside of the Northeast region until HepsXC (Princeton - 10/30). Either Brown is trying to keep on a budget or the school recognizes they have a minimal shot of even getting a chance of making it out of Regionals this year (team-wide or individual-wise).