PHILADELPHIA – Excitement and anxiety continues to build as the 2014 Heptagonal Championships looms closer. It’s what the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s cross country teams have been working towards all season, and this will be the Quakers’ chance to prove they have what it takes to be crowned the best teams in the League. The Ancient Eight will gather at Princeton’s West Windsor Fields on Saturday, with the women’s 6k race kicking off the day’s event at 11 a.m. The men’s 8k will then follow at approximately 12 p.m.
Going into Saturday’s race, Penn has the advantage of having its “A-Team” see the West Windsor Fields just two weeks ago at the Princeton Invitational. With the course and some of the challenges it may pose, the Red and Blue are ready for the competition.
Last year, both the men and the women placed sixth at Heps, while the Columbia men and Dartmouth women took the crowns. Junior captain Thomas Awad, who is the top returning finisher from last year’s Heps, finished third overall to earn first-team All-Ivy. Along with Awad, junior captain Amy Darlington will help lead the Quakers to what they hope will be the teams’ best performance yet.
If you can’t attend the cross country showdown on Saturday, the Ivy League will provide a live blog during each race that you can find by clicking here. Live tweets on @Ivy_Athletics twitter account will also provide up-to-date information of both races. In addition, you can follow @ivyleaguesports on Instagram for pictures and videos. If you’d like to get in on the action, make sure you use the hashtag #IvyHeps when discussing the championships on social media.
For more information about Heps, along with directions and parking, click here.