Cross Country Produces Top Times at Main Line

Women Results | Men Results

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Maintaining a positive outlook was key for the University of Pennsylvania cross country teams as the Quakers competed on a slick and muddy Alumni Cross Country course at Haverford College in the Main Line Invitational Thursday evening. While there were no team scores, the top five women for the Red and Blue had a 2-3-4-5-6 finish. The top five men finished 3-6-7-8-11.

In a field of 61 runners, junior Elyssa Gensib finished second overall and was first to complete the 3 mile course for Penn, crossing the line at 17:02.40. Close behind was freshman Abby Hong who took third with a time of 17:07.10. Freshman Kylene Cochrane and sophomore Ashley Montgomery sprinted together down the final stretch, finishing fourth at 17:19.20 and fifth at 17:19.50, respectively. Junior Gabrielle Cuccia rounded out the top five runners for Penn, after edging out two runners from Villanova. Cuccia ran the course in 17:21.70.

The men’s 4 mile followed shortly after the completion of the women’s race.

As tough as the wet, muddy course was for the women, it became even more of a challenge for the men. A sharp turn going downhill caused several of the runners to slip. The Quakers maneuvered their way through the bend and remained calm and on pace.

Junior Thomas Awad stayed close to Villanova runner Patrick Tiernan, finishing five tenths of a second behind at 19:32.50. Sophomores Brendan Shearn (19:41.10) and Nick Tuck (19:43.70) along with senior Conner Paez (19:44.50) pushed themselves in the final straightaway towards the finish line, placing 6th, 7th, and 8th. Senior John Trueman was the fifth Quaker to cross the finish line and completed the course in 19:48.70

Next weekend, Penn will split up as some Quakers will journey to South Bend to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational while others will race in the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh.

Download: 2014 Main Line Invite Men Results.pdf