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PRINCETON, N.J. (11/14/17) – The Princeton men’s cross country team races for the national title on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, Ky. The race begins at 11:45 a.m. ET.
This is the 15th team appearance for the Tigers in the NCAA Championship and first since 2013. Princeton’s best finish in program history was in 2012 when the squad placed 11th. That was also the last time the NCAAs were competed on the Tom Sawyer Course. The 2017 Ivy League Champions are familiar with the course having raced at the Greater Louisville Classic in late September.
Princeton is currently ranked No. 28 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll after winning the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday, and is the only Ivy League ranked in the national poll.
The Tigers have had a successful championship season thus far. All five scorers were in the top 10 at Ivy Heps and all five scorers in the top 25 at Regionals as Princeton claimed victories in both.
Sophomore Conor Lundy has championship experience, as he competed in Terre Haute last year as an individual. This season he is again one of Princeton’s top finishers. He was fourth overall and the Tigers’ No. 1 at Regionals and was third overall and the No. 2 at Heps. A two-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree in cross country he has captured two all-region honors.
Noah Kauppila has had a terrific senior season as the No. 1 runner in three of four races. He was second overall at Heps, and was the team’s No. 4 and 13th overall this past weekend. A 13-time all-Ivy League honoree, Kauppila is also a two-time all-region harrier. He was the Tigers top runner on this course in September.
Senior Garrett O’Toole has also showcased his talents this fall scoring in every meet, as either the No. 2 or 3.. This past weekend he was the No. 2 and placed seventh overall and he was the No. 3, finishing fourth at Heps to earn first-team All-Ivy League and all-region honors.
Sophomore Gannon Willcutts has looked great in the championship season, was the No. 4 at Heps with a ninth-place finish and did even better at Regionals as the No. 3 and taking eighth.
The final scorer could come down to sophomore Viraj Deokar, or one of three seniors Wolfgang Beck, Rob Stone or William Paulson.
Deokar was the final scorer at Ivy Heps to earn all-Ivy League honors for the second straight year and was the team’s No. 6 this past weekend finishing in 33rd place. Stone was the final scorer this past weekend and earned all-region honors. Beck was the No. 6 and No. 7 in the last two races. Paulson, who did not run at Regionals, was the No. 7 at Heps two weeks ago but has potential to run a great race if healthy.