Men's Cross Country Finishes Third at Heps

Final Heps Results

NEW YORK – Led by Reid McEwen and Brian Goldberg, both of who earned first-team All-Ivy, the Penn men’s cross country team finished third at the Heptagonal Championships Friday at Van Cortlandt Park. It was Penn’s best finish since 2004.

The Quakers scored 101 points, finishing just ahead of Columbia (108). Princeton won the team title, scoring 38 points, to give the Tigers a sweep of both titles on the day. Cornell was second with 67 points.

“I am very happy with our finish,” said head coach Charlie Powell. “This race never really works out the way you think, but we were hoping to get on the podium and we did.”

McEwen clocked 24:45.8 to finish fourth overall – the highest finish by a Penn runner at this event since Sean MacMillan placed fourth in 1999 – while Goldberg placed seventh in 24:51.1. McEwen’s time was the fourth-best on this course by a Penn runner, while Goldberg’s time was the eighth-best.

The Quakers also got a strong performance from their No. 3 runner, Larry Contrella, who was timed in 25:17.9 and finished 18th overall.

“All three of those guys are great people, and they have worked hard in their careers, so to see them finish up like this is nice,” said Powell. “They made it their goal to earn All-Ivy, and for Reid and Brian to do it is special.”

Brian Trembley (25:40.3, 35 points) and Anguel Tolev (25:42.4, 37 points) were Penn’s other scorers Friday, while Luke Grau (25:42.8) and Brian Cullin (25:53.2) were sixth and seventh, respectively.

Penn is back in action at the NCAA Regional in two weeks.