PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s cross country divided forces on Friday afternoon, compiling noteworthy performances at both the Notre Dame and Paul Short Invitationals.
Penn finished 11th out of 20 teams at the Notre Dame Blue Race, which featured six teams ranked in the top 30 nationally. Running in his first race of the fall, senior Thomas Awad paced the Quakers -- finishing 17th out of 169 runners. The 2014 Ivy League Champion registered a five-mile time of 24:08.5. Junior Nick Tuck came in behind Awad in 25th place, recording a mark of 24:19.5. Brendan Smith and Brendan Shearn finished four-tenths of a second of each other, coming in at 48th and 49th-place respectively. Smith was clocked in at 24:41.8, while Shearn posted a time of 24:42.2. Senior Clark Shurtleff capped off the Quakers’ scoring, finishing 107th with a mark of 25:11.8.
Chris Hatler, Patrick Hally and Ross Wilson also ran in the Blue Race. Hatler (25:16.3) crossed the finish line in 113th, while Hally (25:18.2) and Wilson (25:31.2) placed 117th and 131st respectively.
The Quakers placed fifth out of 39 teams in the Paul Short Brown Race. Freshman Kurt Convey continued his impressive first season in the Red and Blue, taking a seventh-place finish. The rookie registered Penn’s fastest time at 25:07. Classmates Kevin Monogue (25:14) and Sam Webb (25:17) also put together standout efforts, coming in at 16th and 22nd respectively. Senior Keaton Naff finished right behind Webb, placing 23rd with a time of 25:18. Sophomore Chris Luciano was the final scorer for Penn, snagging 76th place with a mark of 25:46.
Penn will run again on October 17, traveling to compete at the Princeton Invitational.
Download: men's blue results.pdf