PRINCETON, N.J. - University of Pennsylvania women’s cross country seniors Ashley Montgomery and Clarissa Whiting have been named to the 2016 Ivy League First-Team and Second-Team, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s announcement comes at the heels of Saturday’s Ivy League Heptagonal Championship where the Quaker women raced to their best performance since the 2005 season with a third place finish and 77 team points.
Montgomery led the way, finishing second overall with a time of 20:30.7 over the 6-kilometer course where she shattered her program record time for the distance in the Heps championship. With her run, the senior harrier earned First-Team All-Ivy honors for the second-straight year.
Classmate Clarissa Whiting also nabbed Second-Team All-Ivy laurels with her 13th place finish in 20:56.4. She helped the Red and Blue on the afternoon where Penn went 2-13-16-22-24 for the scoring members of the Quaker contingent.
Alongside her twin sister Cleo Montgomery, the senior trio showed the true transformation and development of the squad from their freshman to senior season: they finished 6th in 2013, 8th in 2014, 5th in 2015 and 3rd in 2016.
With today’s honors, the duo became the 21st and 22nd All-Ivy honorees in Penn women’s cross country history.
The Quakers return to action on Friday, Nov. 11 when they gear up for NCAA Regionals set to take place on the Penn State University campus in State College, Pa. The women are currently ranked No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region and No. 24 nationally in the latest USTFCCCA poll.
1. Ashley Montgomery, Sr.
13. Clarissa Whiting, Sr.