HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's cross country team finished second at last season's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and have been waiting for this year's race since that day.
The 2011 Heps will take place Saturday at West Windsor Field in Princeton as the defending champions will host the event after years of it being held at Van Cortlandt Park. The men's 8K race is set for an 11 a.m. start time.
Senior Ethan Shaw (Falmouth, Maine) finished third overall a season ago and is still considered to be one of the favorites for this year's race after another strong season this fall, including a win at the Dartmouth Invitational and an eighth-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., a few weeks back.
Junior Phil Royer (Portsmouth, R.I.) and senior Brad Kenimer (Alexandria, Va.) are the top two returning finishers from last season after Shaw. They should factor once again into Dartmouth's scoring Saturday after two weeks of training and preparation.
Junior Jonathan Gault (Bedford, Mass.) and sophomore John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) have had strong seasons to this point and Herbert Chase Head Coach Barry Harwick has said recently that he expects these two to have productive days at West Windsor Field.
Junior Mike Danaher (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and senior Dylan Summers (Wolfeboro, N.H.) earned spot's on the team for this weekend's race with the top two Dartmouth finishes at Sunday's Mayor's Cup at Franklin Park in Boston. They are the only two runners competing this weekend who have not had the benefit of an extra week of rest from competition to focus on training.
Seniors Jake Shoemaker (Sudbury, Mass.) will join Shaw, Kenimer and Summers as the four Big Green runners competing in their last Heps.
Junior Adam Doherty (Lagrangeville, N.Y.), along with sophomores Steven Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Henry Sterling (South Freeport, Maine) and the lone freshman in Dylan O'Sullivan (Harrowsmith, Ontario) round out the 12-man roster for Dartmouth on Saturday.