PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s cross country team captured a second-place finish from senior Ashley Montgomery had their best performance at the Ivy Heps Championships since 2005 with a team third-place finish Saturday at West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J.
The Quakers came in third in the team standings to post their best finish in 11 years. Their 77 points was the lowest since 1991 as the Red and Blue went 2-13-16-22-24 for the scoring members. Montgomery led the way while Clarissa Whiting, Cleo Whiting, Erin Feeney and Abby Hong once again rounded out the Quaker scoring contingent as the quintet have remained steady all season long.
Harvard won the team title, scoring 33 points to finish well ahead of the field. Second-place Yale had 69 points to finish just ahead of the Quakers (77). They were the only three teams under 100 for the race, as Brown was fourth with 105 points.
Montgomery clocked 20:31.7 over the 6-kilometer course on Saturday, shattering by nearly 50 seconds her program-record time for that distance in this meet. Only Harvard’s Courtney Smith was ahead of her, winning the race in 20:19.6. Yale’s Emily Waligurski was third in a time of 20:36.4.
Senior Clarissa Whiting earned second-team All-Ivy with a 13th-place finish (20:56.4), while twin sister Cleo Whiting was 16th in a time of 21:00.1. Erin Feeney was 22nd in a time of 21:10.8, while Abigail Hong closed out Penn’s scorers by finishing 24th in 21:12.7.
The senior trio of Montgomery, Cleo and Clarissa Whiting showed the true transformation and development of the squad from their freshman to senior seasons: they finished 6th in 2013, 8th in 2014, 5th in 2015 and 3rd in 2016.
The performance bodes well for the Quakers as they head into Mid-Atlantic Regionals in two weeks and they’ll be a formidable opponent for those looking to gain bids to the NCAA Championship. The women are currently ranked No. 3 in the region and No. 24 nationally in the latest USTFCCCA poll.