PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off achieving its first NCAA berth since 1975, the University of Pennsylvania men’s cross country team moved up two slots to No. 21 in the final USTFCCCA National Poll of the season. In all, the Quakers have moved up eight spots since making their debut appearance in the poll on October 20.
Penn will be making its way to Louisville, Ky. for the NCAA Championships this weekend, thanks to a second-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regional last Friday. Racing the West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J., the Red and Blue tallied 60 points to finish runners-up to No. 13 Georgetown.
Penn finished with five runners within the top 25, each earning All-Region honors in the process. Senior Thomas Awad paced the Quakers' attack with a fourth-place finish, while junior Nick Tuck (6th) also finished in the top ten. Awad crossed the line in 30:49.5, while Tuck clocked a 10K of 30:54.6.
Brendan Shearn followed the duo in 12th-place, recording a mark of 31:12.9. Brendan Smith and Ross Wilson rounded out the scoring for Penn in 15th and 23rd place, respectively. Smith registered a time of 31:21.2, while Wilson came in at 31:32.2.
Prior to this season, the Quakers hadn’t cracked the top three in the Mid-Atlantic since 2004 (3rd place).
As one of just 31 teams in the country, the Quakers will race their 10K national-championship race at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday at 1 p.m.