Men's Cross Country Ready for League Championships

The Penn men’s cross county team heads to New York City for the 2005 Heptagonal Championships on Friday, Oct. 28. The 8k run will take place at Van Cortlandt Park at 11:10 a.m.

The Red and Blue are a young squad, with only five returning runners from last season’s championships competing. Penn’s top three finishers from last season have all graduated.

Leading the Quakers is All-American Courtney Jaworski. Jaworski competed last season and finished 26th overall and fourth for the Quakers. He has run under 24 minutes several times this season, and finished eighth at the Penn State National Meet against several top-notch runners. An 800m specialist on the track is a driven competitor and could finish among the League’s Top 10 on Friday.

Breton Bonnette is the only other senior in the pack and also competed last season, finishing 27th overall and fifth for the Red and Blue. He finished 10th at the Fordham Invitational to open the 2005 campaign, placed 37th at the Paul Short Run and 58th at the Penn State National Meet.

Juniors Ian Foley and Mike LaQuaglia competed last season, and both have had several solid races under their belts this season. Sophomore Brian Goldberg was the sixth man for the Quakers last season. This fall he finished 44th at the Penn State Open and 69th at the Penn State National Meet.

Junior Eric Pauley, sophomores Mike Lovejoy, Larry Contrella and Dan Howard, along with newcomers Brian Trembley and Sean McGinely will participate in the League Championships for the first time in 2005.

Penn had three runners in the top-20 last season en route to a third-place showing. It was the Quakers’ best finish in five years. Columbia won the title last season for the first time since 1979.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications