PHILADELPHIA – A day after being ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the University of Pennsylvania men’s cross country team was slotted 29th in the country in the latest USTFCCCA Poll released on Tuesday. The national ranking signifies the Quakers’ first top-30 distinction since the inception of the USTFCCCA Poll in 1995.
The Quakers are fresh off a championship performance at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday.
"It's been so fun to watch the guys improve over the last few years,” said head coach Steve Dolan. “We seem to be hitting our stride at the right time, so I know the guys are excited for the championship meets to come."
Taking on many of the squads that they will see at the NCAA Regional in November, Penn topped a strong 21-team field at Princeton. The Quakers recorded five scorers in the top 12, led by junior Nick Tuck who finished fifth with a time of 23:59.6. Villanova, who is ranked No. 25 in this week’s USTFCCCA Poll, came in second behind the Quakers.
Senior captain Thomas Awad and junior Brendan Shearn crossed the finish line behind Tuck, 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 capped off the scoring for Penn, rounding the course in 24:22.8 and finishing 12th.
Penn is one of two Ivy League teams ranked in this week's poll, joining No. 17 Columbia. The newly-ranked Quakers will be back in action on October 30 for the Ivy Heptagonal Championships at Van Cortlandt Park.