PHILADELPHIA - Coming off an impressive showing at the Iona Meet of Champions two weeks ago, the Penn men's cross country team faces a new set of challenges on Friday morning when the squad travels to Bethlehem, Pa. for the 38th annual Paul Short Invitational.
Ranked 10th in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Quakers will be part of a 45-team field that includes the #4 team in the country, Oklahoma, as well as six other teams in the Top 30 nationally. 28 schools besides Penn are ranked in their respective regions.
Ryan Cunningham is the top returner from last year's muddy race, when the senior-laden Quakers finished 15th out of 42 teams. Cunningham, then a junior, had a time of 25:39 to finish 169th in a race of nearly 400.
Sophomore Max Lamb, who finished 32nd at the Iona Meet of Champions, will look to make another giant step forward when he makes his first appearance at the race. Others, such as senior Mike Vido, will be taking to the course for the final time. Vido took home a time of 26:36 last season. The men's race will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday with final results posted as soon as they are made available.