LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the second-consecutive year, senior Thomas Awad can call himself an All-American. This time, it comes after a 14th-place finish (out of 252 runners) at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships at E.P. Thomas Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. Awad joins Dave Merrick (’71, ‘75) as the only two runners in Penn history to be two-time cross country All-Americans.
Awad finished 13 slots ahead of last year’s 27th-place finish in Terre Haute, Ind. He also improved his time, crossing the finish line in 30:06.6.
In their first appearance at the NCAA’s since 1975, the Quakers totaled 526 points as a team and finished in 24th-place. Junior Nick Tuck was the Quakers’ second-best scorer, coming in 73rd with a time of 30:44.8. Brendan Shearn and Brendan Smith followed, finishing 10 slots from one another at 165th and 175th respectively. Shearn recorded a mark of 31:33.3, while Smith clocked in at 31:38.6. Freshman Kevin Monogue capped off Penn’s attack with a 221st-place showing. The rookie crossed the finish line in 32:25.1.
On the women’s side, Ashley Montgomery capped off her incredible junior season by finishing 73rd out of 254 runners. She clocked in a time of 20:40.4, wrapping up a fall that saw her register first-team All-Ivy honors, along with All-Region accolades. In all, she racked up five top-five finishes this year.
Download: NCAA-Men's Results.pdf