PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off a fourth place finish at the Fordham Fiasco, the Penn men's cross country team returns to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to run at the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday morning in an 8k race. The Quakers, who slipped one spot to seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region following last week's race, are joined by fellow Ivy League schools Brown and Columbia at the event.
Michael Cunningham is the top returner from last season when the Red and Blue took second place at the meet. His time of 26:11 was good for 38th overall as he edged out teammate Kevin Foy who ran the course in 26:16. Foy will be making his first appearance of the season after missing last week's opener.
Despite last week's experience, an improved field may challenge Penn this time out. Of the 22 teams joining the Quakers, eight are regionally-ranked Division I schools and the host, Iona, is #4 nationally.
Following the Iona Meet of Champions, Penn will have thirteen days between meets, next facing outside competitionat the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. on Friday, Sept. 30. The Paul Short is one of the nation's largest races and last year included 42 schools.