PHILADELPHIA - For the third consecutive year, the Penn men's cross country team will open the 2011 season at the Fordham Fiasco, held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. A newly expanded meet will challenge the Quaker harriers, who finished first among15 teams a year ago.
The Red and Blue will have quite a different look this season as first year head coach Blake Boldon will deal with the matriculation of three top runners from a season ago, as well as a season-ending injury to Connor Paez. In their stead, the duo of Michael Cunningham and Max Lamb will be depended on to form the cornerstone of a largely inexperienced roster.
Cunningham, a senior, is the top returner from a season ago and finished sixth in the 2010 Fordham Fiasco with a time of 26:33.08. Lamb, a sophomore, was not on the travel squad as a freshman but improved by leaps and bounds in the off-season and will be counted on to play a much larger role.
Juniors Josh Black, Kevin Foy and John Foye will provide depth while solid performances from Mike Kiley and Conor Nickel, New York natives who have run Van Cortlandt Park often, are expected as well.
The men's race is set to begin at 11 a.m. following the conclusion of the women's race. A full recap will be available tomorrow afternoon.