Men's Cross Country is Sixth at Heps

Men's Heps Results

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Penn men's cross country team finished sixth at the 2006 Heptagonal Cross Country Championships Friday morning at Van Cortlandt Park.

The Quakers were stuck in a tight pack, as just seven points separated them from fourth-place Yale. Princeton won the team title with 50 points, finishing just ahead of second-place Columbia (63) to claim its first team crown since 1999. Dartmouth was third with 97 points, while Yale was fourth (116), Cornell was fifth (122) and Penn was sixth (123). Brown (7th with 139 points) and Harvard (8th with 174) rounded out the field.

For Penn, Brian Goldberg led the way; the junior clocked 25:02.4 to place 11th overall. He had several of his teammates right on his heels, as all of the team's scoring runners were within 26 seconds of him across the finish line. Senior Ian Foley was second for the Quakers and 14th overall in 25:08.7, followed by Reid McEwen in 28th (25:21.3) and Brian Trembley in 33rd (25:26.0). Larry Contrella (37th in 25:28.4) rounded out Penn's scorers.

Not surprisingly, Ben True of Dartmouth took individual honors Friday -- he became just the sixth runner in the 67-year history of this event to win consecutive titles, and the first since Dartmouth's Jim Sapienza in 1983 and 1984. True's time of 24:29.1 was three seconds ahead of Cornell's Jimmy Wyner and four ahead of Princeton's Dave Nightingale. The Tigers were able to win the team title by placing all five of its scoring runners in the top 18.