New York, N.Y. - The Quakers ran to their best finish in three years at the Heptagonal Chamionships, as a trio of seniors led the Red and Blue to place fourth at Van Cortlandt Park in New York.
Seniors Philip Cawkwell, Christopher Baird and Luke Grau led the Quaker contingent and helped the team to score 118 points, finishing eight points ahead of Cornell (126) for fourth. It is Penn's highest finish since taking third in 2007 and the first time four members of the Red and Blue have finished in the top 20 since 1992. Princeton won the race with 33 points, while Dartmouth (55) and Columbia (94) rounded out the top three.
The three seniors finished 16, 17, 18, with Cawkwell crossing the line first in 25:07.3. Baird and Grau were right behind, finishing within a second of each other at 25:08.4 and 25:08.6. Freshman Conner Paez ran hard with the upperclassmen, taking 20th just behind Grau in 25:08.7. Paez was also the top Ivy finisher among freshman in the race.
Sophomore Kevin Foy was the fifth Quaker to cross, taking 47th overall in a time of 25:48.5. Juniors James Finucane and Mike Vido placed sixth and seventh for Penn with times of 25:56.1 and 26.14.7 respectively.
Penn returns to action when it races in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Nov. 13.