PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off stellar performances at last week’s Ivy Heptagonal Championships, Thomas Awad, Brendan Shearn and Nick Tuck of the No. 23 men’s cross country team were announced as All-Ivy recipients on Tuesday. Awad was declared a first-team honoree for the third time in his career, while Shearn and Tuck made the second team.
Awad finished with a top mark of 24:26.4, becoming Penn’s first two-time winner since Dave Merrick compiled three individual Heps’ titles in 1971, 1973 and 1975. He also became the first back-to-back Ivy winner since 2006. Awad crossed the finish line a full three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Shearn and Tuck finished back-to-back in 12th and 13th place, respectively. Shearn clocked in at 25:04.1, while Tuck recorded a mark of 25:07.9. Shearn finished 17 slots better than a year ago at the Heps, while Tuck improved 23 spots.
As a whole, the Quakers finished four points shy of Columbia for a second-place team finish -- their best Heps' showing since 1973. Penn placed five runners within the top-22 finishers, and improved 42 points from last season.
The Quakers will be back in action for the NCAA Regionals on November 13 at Princeton.