For Haverford, 2 National Cross-Country Titles and a Rhodes Scholarship

Lynn Zinser
New York Times

So much good news rolled into the world of the Haverford College men’s cross-country family last Saturday that it was almost too much for its longtime coach, Tom Donnelly, to process in the span of a few hours.

As he ran toward the finish line at the N.C.A.A. Division III national championship course in Waverly, Iowa — he had stationed himself at the four-mile mark to urge his runners on — Donnelly frantically asked the first of them he saw, Anders Hulleberg, how he had done.

“I won,” Hulleberg said.

“No, you didn’t!” Donnelly answered.

Back at his office this week at Haverford, in suburban Philadelphia, Donnelly laughed while recalling the scene.

“I’m not sure Anders even believed it at the time,” he said.

And the news only got better. Hulleberg, a senior whose prerace hopes were to finish in the top 10, had not only won the individual title, but Haverford had also won its first national team championship.

The next wave of excitement came when Donnelly and the team returned to the hotel and received a call from Andrew Lanham, the team’s best runner a year ago, who told them he had won a Rhodes scholarship.

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