PRINCETON, N.J. – Following their Ivy League Heptagonal Championship performance last Saturday, University of Pennsylvania Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, Steve Dolan, and all five scoring members of the Quakers have earned All-Ivy accolades as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Dolan was named the unanimous selection for the Ivy League men’s Coach of the Year, the first in his tenure at the head of the Quakers. Alongside his selection, seniors Nick Tuck and Brendan Shearn earned First-Team All-Ivy honors for finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Classmate Chris Hatler and juniors Chris Luciano and @Patrick Hall were all members of the All-Ivy Second-Team for their individual performances finishing 8th, 9th and 12th for a total of 38 team points.
“I’m ecstatic. The guys were amazing, I’m really so proud of these seniors. It’s been quite a journey,” said Dolan following the race. “This group literally took is from the bottom of the league to the top over the last couple years and what an amazing team effort.”
The title marked the first for Penn in 43 years dating back to 1973 and their third championship overall. With today’s announcement, the Quakers now have 60 student-athletes who have earned All-Ivy accolades in cross country program history which includes 37 first team members and 23 second team laurels. Tuck and Shearn repeat as multiple award winners after earning second team accolades from 2015.
“It [Ivy League Heps] is the pinnacle of our season. We want to go to the NCAAs and do special things there, but for us, the bragging rights and history of the Ivy League is really something that’s so special,” said Dolan. “You got to go out and take it and today we took one.”
The Quakers, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic and receiving votes in the latest USTFCCA poll, return to action on Friday, Nov. 11 for NCAA Regionals set to take place at Penn State University in State College, Pa.
Ivy League Men’s Coach of the Year
Nick Tuck, Sr. (4th)
Brendan Shearn, Sr. (5th)
Chris Hatler, Sr. (8th)
Chris Luciano, Jr. (9th)
Patrick Hally, Jr. (12th)