Date: Friday, September 9
Location: Belmont Plateau, West Fairmount Park
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Men's 6k), 6:00 p.m. (Women's 4k)
Teams: Penn, La Salle, Temple, Villanova, Saint Joseph's
Address: West Fairmount Park
2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, Pa. 19131
PHILADELPHIA – Cross
country season has finally arrived and the University of Pennsylvania
is set to begin their 2016 season at the Big 5 Invitational on Friday,
September 9th. The Quakers will take to Belmont Plateau in West
Fairmount Park for the first meet of the year to race against La Salle,
Temple, Villanova and Saint Joseph’s in the yearly invite.
begins at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s 6k while the women’s 4k will take
place shortly thereafter at 6 p.m. Parking is available near the
entrance to Belmont Plateau for spectators.
dominated last year’s city championship with the women taking first
place and the men finishing in second. All four women who placed in the
top-5 at the meet return this season while the men will see sophomore Kurt Convey, the top Quaker finisher from last season, once again in the 2016 edition.
Big 5 Invitational kicks off a season in which the Quakers will race in
five invitationals prior to the Heptagonal Championships at Princeton
University on October 29th. NCAA Regional Championships are set for
November 11th with the NCAA Championships scheduled for the following
weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.
the men and women are ranked in the USTFCCCA (United States Track &
Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) national preseason poll
following impressive performances over the last year. The women clock in
at No. 24 while the men are registered at No. 28.
Quakers are also ranked amongst the top teams in the region as they
begin the 2016 season. The men are ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA
Mid-Atlantic region while the women come in at No. 3.
Quaker men placed second at last year’s NCAA Regional meet to earn an
automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship, while the women placed
sixth overall at the Mid-Atlantic regional.
Penn men return a seasoned group of upperclassmen from a team that made
their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1975 last year,
including five of the top-7 from the NCAA Championship meet. Brendan Shearn, Nick Tuck, Kevin Monogue, Patrick Hally and Ross Wilson will lead the Red and Blue this season along with a group of underclassmen that will push to make the top-7.
comes back to lead the Quaker women following an individual NCAA
qualification last year for cross country. Alongside the 2015 First-Team
All-Ivy honoree, the women welcome back all five of their scoring
members in Montgomery, Cleo Whiting, Clarissa Whiting, Abby Hongand team captain Isabel Griffith.