PRINCETON, N.J. - The Dartmouth men finished third at the Heptagonal Cross Country Championship for the third year in a row on Saturday at Princeton's West Windsor Fields.

Led by senior John Bleday in ninth place, the Big Green claimed third in the standings with 64 points on the 8K course. Columbia snapped Princeton's streak of three straight titles by edging the Tigers for the top spot, 48-56.

“This was our best race of the season,” Herbert Chase Head Coach For Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Barry Harwick ’77 said. “We took a real shot at winning and came pretty close to it. We benefited from some sensational performances today, highlighted by Tim Gorman.”

Bleday led a solid pack of runners, crossing the line ninth in 23:57.5. Just four-tenths of a second back was sophomore Tim Gorman with a surprising and well-earned 10th-place finish in 23:57.9.

Senior Will Geoghegan was next, taking 13th overall in 24:00.5. Fellow senior Henry Sterling was just back of Geoghegan, taking 14th place in 24:00.8.

The fourth senior to cross the line for the Big Green on Saturday morning was also the final member of the team to score points as Steve Mangan took 18th overall in 24:10.

Finishing just outside the scoring for Dartmouth were junior Silas Talbot (22nd, 24:22.3) and sophomore Brian Masterson (35th, 24:38.7).

The team will return to action in two weekends at the Northeast Regional held at Van Cortland Park in New York on Friday, Nov. 15.