Men's Cross Country Heads to Paul Short Invitational

PHILADELPHIA - Off to the team's best start in years, the men's cross country team looks to continue the momentum when they take part in the 37th annual Paul Short Invitational Friday morning.

The Paul Short Invitational is one of the largest races in the country, with more than 5,000 runners from 230 colleges and high schools scheduled to compete in races which begin at 10 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.

Last year the team took 14th out of 42 schools with Christopher Baird as Penn's top finisher in 23rd. Luke Grau was the second member of the Red and Blue to finish, taking 50th.

This year, the Quakers are coming off an impressive second place performance at the Iona Meet of Champions. Seniors, Phil Cawkwell, Baird and Grau led the Red and Blue, finishing sixth, seventh and 28th to lead the squad. Freshman Conner Paez showed promise with a 29th place finish and Michael Cunningham was Penn's final scorer, taking 38th.