Complete Men's Results
STATE COLLEGE, PA. - The men's cross country team rebounded in a big way after a disappointing performance at Lehigh's Paul Short Invitational, coming in seventh out of 21 schools on a muddy track at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday morning.
Mike Kiley was the first Quaker to cross the finish line in the 8k race, finishing in 27:23 for 29th overall. George Dickson trailed closely behind in 27:32, putting him at 39th. Max Lamb was 44th in a time of 27:39. James Finucane (27:55, 59th) and Mike Vido (28:06, 65th) rounded out the scoring five for Penn.
The team was slightly shorthanded as John Foye and John Trueman were missing due to class conflicts, but they along with Conor Nickel will be participating in tomorrow's Princeton Invitational.
"Today was a big step forward for the team. We were ninth in this race a year ago so to move forward from that finish was a good sign," said head coach Blake Boldon. "It was a different team today than from two weeks ago. I told them that when the gun goes off, there are a lot of things you can't control, but one thing you can control is your effort. They really put it out there today and I hope this can lead to bigger and better things for them."
Boldon pointed to Marist as one example of the team's improvement. At the Paul Short Invitational, the Red Foxes were nearly 400 points in front of Penn. In today's race, Penn defeated Marist by 29.
The Princeton Invitational will take place tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. with the Foye, Trueman and Nickel taking part. The next full team event will be the Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Princeton on Oct. 29.