New York, N.Y. - The Penn men's cross country team ran its way to a second place finish at the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt Park.
Racing at the same venue for the second consecutive week proved to be beneficial for the Quakers. The Red and Blue were led by a trio of seniors in Phil Cawkwell, Christopher Baird and Luke Grau. Cawkwell, who ran in just one race last fall, was Penn's top racer on the 8k course, finishing sixth with a time of 25:24. Baird finished a second behind Cawkwell in seventh, 25:25.
Grau was the Red and Blue's third runner to cross the finish, taking 28th in 26:02, while freshman Conner Paez turned in his second consecutive strong performance with a 29th place finish. Michael Cunningham was the Quakers' final scorer, taking 38th in a time of 26:11.
The second place finish on Saturday was the best for Penn in its three years running at the Iona Meet of Champions. The Quakers travel to race at Delaware next Saturday in hopes of continuing their strong start to the season.