Friday's Haverford Invitational Awaits Men's and Women's XC

Friday, Oct. 21 – Haverford Invitational
Alumni Cross Country Course, Haverford College
Women’s 6k: 4:30 p.m.
Men’s 8k: 5:00 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – With just one week left before the start of postseason racing, the University of Pennsylvania cross country teams will compete in one final tune-up at the Haverford Invitational this Friday, Oct. 21st prior to the Ivy League Championships set for Oct. 29.

The women’s race will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday with the men scheduled to start shortly thereafter at 5 p.m. at Haverford’s Alumni Cross Country Course. Friday’s meet marks the second time this season the Quakers will race at Haverford College after starting the season with the Main Line Invitational on Sept. 16.

The Quakers return to action following two meets last weekend where the Red and Blue competed at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and Princeton Invitational. Several performances highlighted both meets with Ashley Montgomery placing 13th and Brendan Shearn taking 43rd to lead the way for the men in Madison; The Red and Blue tallied two top-5 team finishes at Princeton.

ABOUT THE QUAKERS

*The Red and Blue continue to be ranked amongst the best in both the region and nation in the latest USTFCCCA polls. The women clock in at No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region and No. 24 nationally, while the men register at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic.

*Senior Ashley Montgomery has had an impressive start to 2016 where she’s been the individual winner of both the Big 5 and Main Line Invites. Montgomery followed those performances with a second place effort at the Paul Short Run and a 13th place finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.  

*The top-5 for the Penn women have been remarkably consistent to start the season with all five scoring members remaining the same at each meet: Ashley Montgomery, Cleo Whiting, Clarissa Whiting, Erin Feeney and Abby Hong lead the way for the Red and Blue.

*Montgomery and Feeney were named HepsTrack.com women’s runner of the week and rookie of the week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 3rd for their performances at the Paul Short Run.

*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.

*On the men’s side, Nick Tuck, Brendan Shearn and Patrick Hally have led the way for the Red and Blue, finishing in the top-3 at the Big 5 Invite and Paul Short Run. Tuck and Shearn have been the top finishers for the Quaker men all season.  

*The Penn 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.

*Isabel Griffith and Brendan Shearn have been tabbed as the 2016 cross country captains.

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