HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's cross country team will once again venture to Princeton, N.J., for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship Saturday at noon.
An early check of the weather shows that the 2012 edition will be little like the 2011 one that will forever be remembered for its snowstorm and muddy course. With temperatures in the low-to-mid 60's, it should be a nice day for fans and runners alike along the 8K course.
Gone is last year's defending individual champ as the Big Green lost Ethan Shaw to graduation last spring. However, a talented group of runners remains for the Green and White, led by junior Will Geoghegan.
Geoghegan has been the top Dartmouth runner in each of the races he has run this fall, including taking the top collegiate spot at the program's home meet in early September and a fifth-place finish at the Paul Short Invitational (Sept. 28) in Bethlehem, Pa.
It hasn't been a solo effort that has defined the team's successes in 2012, though. Sophomore Silas Talbot helped lead the Big Green to a New England Championship in early October, while freshman Tony Anzivino claimed the top spot last weekend at Brown's Rothenberg Invitational.
At last year's meet, the team claimed third with 79 points, trailing only Princeton (37) and Columbia (51), but look for a rejuvenated Big Green team to challenge for the highest point on this weekend's podium.