BRONX, N.Y. – Senior Thomas Awad went back-to-back Friday morning, winning his second consecutive Ivy Heptagonal Cross Country Championship at the famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. Led by the first consecutive Ivy League winner since 2006, the Quakers finished four points shy of Columbia for a second-place team finish – their best Heps showing since 1973.
The Quakers finished with 69 total points, marking a 42-point improvement from a year ago in which they finished third as a team. All of Penn's scorers (besides Awad) improved at least 17 places from a year ago. Awad is Penn’s first two-time winner since Dave Merrick put together triumphs in 1971, 1973 and 1975.
Awad recorded a top time of 24:26.4, while the Quakers as a whole compiled five of the top 22 runners. Brendan Shearn and Nick Tuck followed Awad at 12th and 13th, respectively. Shearn clocked in at 25:04.1, while Tuck recorded a mark of 25:07.9. Both were awarded with second-team All-Ivy honors.
Ross Wilson and Brendan Smith rounded out the Penn attack. Finishing back-to-back at 21stand 22nd, Wilson registered a time of a 25:21.5 -- while Smith posted a mark of 25:22.2.
The Quakers will be back in action for the NCAA Regional Championships at Princeton on November 13.