HAVERFORD, Pa. –A week after watching the women’s cross country team claim the Big 5 Championship, the men's squad got into the action— winning the Main Line Invitational on Friday at Haverford College. The women placed second, falling to first-place Villanova by just one point.
The men put together the top-five scores of the day and finished with the five best times of all attached runners. Junior Nick Tuck led the way for Penn, clocking in at 19:28. Sophomore Ross Wilson followed Tuck, racing to a mark of 19:34. Penn’s next four runners were all within 11 seconds of each other. Senior Clark Shurtleff and sophomore Patrick Hally led the pack, finishing with identical 19:36 times. Junior Brendan Shearn was the final scorer for Penn and fifth-best attached runner, rounding the course in 19:42. Brendan Smith placed right behind Shearn at 19:47.
On the women’s side, junior Ashley Montgomery and sophomore Abby Hong paced a Quaker attack that placed five within the top-13 finishers. Montgomery took home third with a time of 16:38, while Hong clocked a 16:52 to finish fifth. Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting were the next scorers for Penn—coming in at 9th and 10th, respectively. Cleo registered a mark of 17:05, while Clarissa finished four seconds behind at 17:09. Senior Gabrielle Cuccia placed 13th to round out Penn’s top five. She rounded the course in a time of 17:26.
The Quakers have the next weekend off and will be back in action on October 2, sending some runners to the Notre Dame Invitational and others to the nearby Paul Short Invitational.