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.
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.
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
ABOUT THE QUAKERS
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.
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.
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.
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
*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.
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.