CU men triumph at cross country championships

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Lions run away with Ivy crownColumbia men triumphed at the Heptagonal Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on October 30, edging out second-place Prince­ton by a single point. The pack of 92 runners spread out widely over the eight-kilometer sprint; when the Lions’ first three runners — Brendan Martin ’11CC, Kyle Merber ’11CC, and Terence Prial ’11CC — crossed the finish line, they trailed Princeton by five points. But then all of the Lions finished in the first half of the field, stealing the team championship. “This was a complete team effort and victory,” head coach Willy Wood told the Columbia Spectator. “If one opponent would have passed by one [Lion], we would have only tied.”

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