Men's Cross Country Takes Third at Heps

PRINCETON, N.J. – It was a day to celebrate as the University of Pennsylvania men’s cross country team finished third at the Heptagonal Championships at Princeton’s West Windsor Fields on Saturday. A three place improvement from last year’s sixth place-performance, it was the Red and Blue’s best finish since taking third in 2007. If that wasn’t exciting enough, junior captain Thomas Awad made history by becoming just the fourth Quaker to win the individual Heps title.

Awad is the first Heps champion from Penn since Dave Merrick, a three-time Heps title-holder, claimed the individual title in 1975. With a time of 24:24.1, Awad’s one point led the Red and Blue to a team score of 111 points. Along with being the lowest score since the 2007 team tallied 101, the Quakers’ defeated Dartmouth by a mere one point difference.

Finishing in the top 20 for the second time in his career was senior Conner Paez, who placed 15th in 24:53.3. Sophomores Brendan Shearn and Nick Tuck were the two next runners in for the Quakers. Shearn clocked in at 25:06.5, scoring the Red and Blue 26 points. Tuck crossed the line at 25:09.4 for 33 team points. Rounding out the top five for Penn was junior Brendan Smith, who completed the race in 25:12.0, earning the team 36 points.

Runner

Place

Time

Points

Thomas Awad (JR)

1

24:24.1

1

Conner Paez (SR)

15

24:53.3

15

Brendan Shearn (SO)

29

25:06.5

26

Nicholas Tuck (SO)

36

25:09.4

33

Brendan Smith (JR)

40

25:12.0

36

Ross Wilson (FR)

49

25:20.1

45

Clark Shurtleff (JR)

52

25:22.3

48

Download: 2014 Ivy League Men's XC Results.pdf