A 1-2-3-4-5 finish for the Princeton women’s cross country team earned the Tigers their fourth straight Ivy League title and Princeton its first Ivy League championship of the 2009-10 academic year. Senior Liz Costello defended her individual championship becoming just the second runner, and first runner in 25 years, to win three individual scoring crowns at Heps.

Today marked the first time in Ivy League history that a team swept the first five places in the race to finish with a team score of 15, the lowest score since the championship began in 1977-78.

Costello clocked in at 16:55.7 her best time at Heps. Sophomore Alex Banfich followed at 17:12.9, along with junior Sarah Cummings at 17:15.5, junior Ashley Higginson at 17:18.0 and senior Reilly Kiernan at 17:21.5. All five posted personal championship bests.

Junior Liz Deir was 17th at 18:02.9 and senior Alexa Glencer was two places behind at 18:07.5. Freshman Alexis Mikaelian ran an 18:42.5 in her first debut at Heps to finish in the top 50.

As a team, Harvard finished in second place with 69 points, followed by Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, Penn and Yale.

Princeton will compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Saturday, Nov. 14 on the campus of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The top two teams will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

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