PHILADELPHIA – In a weekend in which the Quakers enjoyed their final tune-up for the Ivy Heptagonal Championships, Penn took home first place at the Princeton Invitational and finished third at the Leopard Invitational.
En route to topping Princeton's 21-team field, which featured 13 teams currently ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region -- including nationally-ranked Villanova (No. 12) -- the Quakers secured five runners within the top 12. The Wildcats placed second, finishing nine points shy of the Quakers.
Junior Nick Tuck was the top scorer for Penn, finishing fifth with a time of 23:59.6. Senior captain Thomas Awad and junior Brendan Shearn came in right behind each other, placing seventh and eighth respectively. Awad finished with a mark of 24:10.3, while Shearn clocked in at 24:10.8. Rounding out the top ten was sophomore Patrick Hally, who placed 10th with a time of 24:17.6. Senior Clark Shurtleff was the final runner who notched a score for Penn, rounding the course in 24:22.8 and finishing 12th.
The Quakers placed third at the Leopard Invitational, finishing behind Columbia and American. Freshman Kevin Monogue was the top runner for Penn, claiming 8th with a time 25:53.04. Sophomore Chris Luciano finished 13th, clocking in at 26:17.57. Freshman Sam Webb was the next finisher for the Quakers, rounding the course in 26:28.23 to place 20th. Seniors Keaton Naff and Kirk Webb were the final scorers for Penn, coming in less than three seconds from each other. Naff completed the 8K in 26:41.89, while Webb finished with a mark of 26:44.69.
The Quakers will be back in action on October 30 for the Ivy Heptagonal Championships held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.