The Men’s cross-country team, ranked 30th in the nation last week, took the top spot at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. The Lions toppled a field of 28 teams in their pursuit and capture of first place. Columbia’s victims in the 5-miler include Colorado State (16), New Mexico (21), host Notre Dame (22), Virginia (24), Florida State (26), Tulsa (7), and perhaps sweetest of all, the Ivy League rival–which got the best of some of our other Lion teams this weekend–Princeton (9). Top performers included Nicolas Composto (12th place, 24:42.0), Jacob Sienko (13th place, 24:42.2) and Daniel Everett (14th place, 24:42.9). Jack Boyle, in only his second college-level race, finished 50th to cap the incredible performances. Keep on running, Lions!

The Lions opened the season with the highest national rank they’ve ever had. After Friday’s performance, it will only get better.

The Lions return home to NYC for the Metropolitan Championships this Friday, October 11th. The race will be run in Van Cortlandt Park. Get your lazy ass out of bed, take the 1 a bit uptown and go cheer on one of the Columbia teams that is actually worth paying $5 in subway fare to go see.

Other results:

  • Field hockey defeats UMass-Lowell 2-1
  • Field hockey loses to Princeton 0-5
  • Women’s soccer tied with Brown 0-0
  • Men’s soccer also ties, 2-2 against Brown
  • Volleyball defeats Penn 3-2 (10/4), loses to Princeton (10/5) in both Ivy League and home opener.
  • Women’s XC takes 5th in Paul Short Invitational. Good job!
  • Football lost at Princeton 53-7. Shocking.

On Deck:

  • Women’s soccer is home against NJIT at 7 pm, October 7th
  • Women’s golf travels to Wash. U on October 8th

Professional Scores:

  • Giants lost to Eagles 21-36.
  • Jets play Monday night against Atlanta
  • Rangers lost their season opener last Thursday to Phoenix 1-4
  • Islanders beat New Jersey in season opener 4-3 (Shootout); lost 2-3 to Columbus (Shootout)

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