Mid-Atlantic Regionals Await Men's, Women's XC Friday


Date: Friday, Nov. 11
Site: Blue and White Courses, State College, Pa. (Penn State University)
Schedule: Women’s 6k (12 p.m.)
         Men’s 10k (1 p.m.)
         Awards Ceremony (2 p.m.)

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – With berths to the NCAA Championships on the line, the University of Pennsylvania cross country teams will head to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Friday afternoon in State College, Pa. on the Penn State University campus. The women’s 6,000 meter race gets underway at Noon and will be followed by the men’s 10k at 1 p.m. An awards ceremony for the top teams and individual runners will follow the men’s race.

The top two teams in Friday’s regional race will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships set for set for next week in Terre Haute, Ind. and the Quaker men will be trying to qualify for the national meet for the second-straight season. Penn placed second in the regional meet a year ago while the women came in sixth.

The top four finishers at the regional meet that are not on a qualifying team for the championships will also advance to the Big Dance. In addition to the top two teams from each of nine regionals across the country that earn automatic bids, 13 other squads from around the country will be at-large selections for NCAAs.

Last Time Out...
The Quakers men put together a historic performance at the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships to claim the crown for the first time since 1973. All five Penn scorers earned All-Ivy accolades with their performances at the meet held in Princeton, N.J.

The women raced to their best performance since the 2005 season with a third place finish and 77 team points at the Ivy League Championships. Senior Ashley Montgomery led the way, placing second in the individual standings and joining classmate Clarissa Whiting in earning All-Ivy honors.


*The Red and Blue continue to be ranked amongst the best in both the region and nation in the latest USTFCCCA polls. The women clock in at No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region and No. 24 nationally, while the men register at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic and No. 28 nationally.

*Senior Ashley Montgomery has had an impressive start to 2016 where she’s been the individual winner of both the Big 5 and Main Line Invites. Montgomery followed those performances with a second place effort at the Paul Short Run and the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and a 13th place finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.  

*The top-5 for the Penn women have been remarkably consistent to start the season with all five scoring members remaining the same at each meet: Ashley Montgomery, Cleo Whiting, Clarissa Whiting, Erin Feeney and Abby Hong lead the way for the Red and Blue.

*Montgomery comes back to lead the Quaker women following an individual NCAA qualification last year for cross country. Clarissa Whiting and Montgomery were named 2016 All-Ivy honorees following their conference performances two weeks ago.

*On the men’s side, Nick Tuck, Brendan Shearn and Patrick Hally have led the way for the Red and Blue, finishing in the top-3 at the Big 5 Invite and Paul Short Run. Tuck and Shearn have been the top finishers for the Quaker men all season.  

*The Quaker men earned the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship two weeks ago to break a 43-year drought for the title. All five scoring members earned All-Ivy accolades with their runs.

*The Penn men placed second at last year’s NCAA Regional meet to earn an automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship, while the women placed sixth overall at the Mid-Atlantic regional.

*The Penn men return a seasoned group of upperclassmen from a team that made their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1975 last year, including five of the top-7 from the NCAA Championship meet.

*Isabel Griffith and Brendan Shearn have been tabbed as the 2016 cross country captains.