Princeton, N.J. - The Brown University men's cross country team travels to Princeton's West Windsor Fields for the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this Saturday at noon. Each of the Ancient Eight will race 12 individuals as they compete for the conference title and for points to help qualify out of the regional meets to the NCAA Championships later in the season.
At the 2011 Heps, the Bears placed fourth as a team with 91 points under Coach Tim Springfield's direction. However, this year both the team places and the individual leaders could look much different than last year as the entire top six finishers have since graduated. That top-6 included Brown runners Dan Lowry and Matt Duffy, as well as London Olympian Donn Cabral from Princeton.
Senior Conor Grogan (Hudson, MA) has led Brown during the past few meets, and also competed at this same 8-kilometer course last year in snowy and sloppy conditions. Grogan was the top finisher at the Adidas Invitational where the Bears faced most of the other Ivy League teams. Austin Snyder (Berkeley, CA) returns to the Windsor Fields after debuting his season at the Adidas Invitational and last year finishing fourth for Brown at the 2011 Heps.
Several other returners and freshman alike could step into key scoring roles for the Bears. After Saturday's competition, the Bears will have two weeks to continue to prepare for the Northeast Regional Championships on Friday, November 9 that will be held at Hammonasset State Park in Connecticut.