Oct. 29, 2003
The Brown men's cross country team is set and ready for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship on Friday in Van Cortlandt Park, NY. Coach John Gregorek's team will line-up at 11:10 a.m. The Bears will be relying on experience and desire at the championship. According to Gregorek, the team title could go to any school with the desire to win deciding the victor.
"Heps is a more up in the air meet than we've had in a while," Gregorek said. "Several teams can finish in the top place. On the day of the meet, it's going to come down to who wants it more."
Gregorek expects the Bears' closest competition for the team title to come from Columbia and Princeton. Brown will be led by juniors Patrick Tarpy (Yarmouth, ME) and Jeff Gaudette (Biddeford, ME), both of whom Gregorek expects to be in contention for the individual title.
Tarpy has already proven himself this season, winning the New England Championships and setting a new school record in the 8k with a time of 23:57. Tarpy also became the first American man to win the race since 1989.
Gaudette made his debut at the New England meet, after being held out with a calf-injury, and finished sixth overall for the Bears with a time of 24:33.
"With the way Jeff and Pat have been running, they both have a good shot at the individual title," Gregorek said. "And if we run up front and have a close time spread between our top five, we'll do well."