PHILADELPHIA – An elite test awaits the University of Pennsylvania cross country teams this Saturday at the Paul Short Run as some of the best teams in the nation will compete in the annual event hosted by Lehigh University.
Both the Quaker men and women are set to compete on the Lehigh University courses amid the largest field of teams they’ll face thus far in 2016, with over 40 schools set to race in each section. The men’s college gold 8k race will commence at 11 a.m. while the women’s college gold 6k event will begin shortly thereafter at 11:45 a.m.
The Quakers have been impressive in the early goings of the season with several good performances under their belts at both the Big 5 Invitational and Main Line Invite. As of the latest USTFCCCA national polls, the women clock in at No. 22 for their highest ranking in program history while the men have held steady at No. 29. The Red and Blue are equally dominate in the regional rankings, coming in at No. 2 for the men and No. 3 for the women, respectively.
ABOUT THE QUAKERS
*The Red and Blue have been ranked amongst the best in both the region and nation in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polls. The women clock in at No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region and No. 22 nationally, while the men register at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic and No. 26 on the national poll.
*The Quakers enter the Paul Short Run following an off week. The Red and Blue last competed at the Main Line Invitational held on Sept. 16.
*Senior Ashley Montgomery has had an impressive start to the 2016 season where she’s been the individual winner of both the Big 5 and Main Line Invites. Nick Tuck also came away as an individual champion at the Big 5 to start the season.
*The Quaker women were the team champions at both meets to start the 2016 season. They won the Big 5 and Main Line invites to start the year while the men were winners at the Big 5 Invite.
*The 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.
*The 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.
*Ashley Montgomery 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 Hong and team captain Isabel Griffith.