There is still a long way to go in all of these sports, obviously. However, if you are a fan of Penn Athletics you have to be feeling pretty good about the state of the program.
Penn plays six fall sports in which the champion is determined by regular-season round-robin play; in five of them, the Quakersentered the weekalone or tied for first place. The success comes at a great time, too, as the University's Homecoming is this weekend and four of the five teams are in action on campus, starting Friday night and continuing all day Saturday.
(This does not include men's and women's cross country. Those championships are determined by placement at the Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, which coincidentally take place this Friday morning at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City).
As of Monday morning...
*Sprint Football was alone in first place in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) after its 17-12 win over the league's other unbeaten team, Cornell, Friday night in Ithaca. In a league usually dominated by the military schools, the Quakers have already knocked off Navy this season, and they look to do the same Friday night at Franklin Field when Army comes to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The sprint football team concludes its 2010 season a week later when last-place Princeton is at Franklin Field.
*Defending Ivy League champion Football was tied for first place with Brown, with both teams unbeaten at 3-0 in Ivy play. That will only last another week, as the Quakers and Bears meet in Penn's Homecoming Game on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at Franklin Field is set for 1:30 p.m. Following this weekend's showdown, Penn is at Princeton, home against Harvard, and at Cornell.
*Men's Soccer was tied with Princeton for first place in the Ivy League, with both teams sporting perfect 4-0-0 marks. The Quakers and Tigers will have their showdown on Saturday, Nov. 6 in New Jersey. Before that, though, Penn faces a tough Brown squad that has just one loss overall this year, and actually boasts a higher national rank (14) than the Quakers (15). Penn and Brown will kick off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
*Women's Soccer was tied with Columbia atop the Ivy League table; the Lions fell to Dartmouth Saturday night, allowing the Quakers (3-1-1) to move into the tie. Penn hosts Brown at 5 p.m. Saturday, before the men's game, then will conclude its Ivy campaign Nov. 6 at third-place Princeton (3-2-0).
*Volleyball -- the defending Ivy League champion -- was tied atop the Ivy standings with Princeton at 6-1; the second half of the double Ivy round-robin begins this weekend, with the Quakers at Brown on Friday night and then at third-place Yale (6-2) on Saturday. While all of the other travel partners have played their season series, Penn and its travel partner -- you guessed it, Princeton -- end the season with each other on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in New Jersey.