MADISON, WIS. – The University of Pennsylvania cross country teams showed they could run with the best of the best at Friday’s Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational held in Madison, Wis.
Racing amongst a field that included some of the top competition in the nation, the Red and Blue matched up well in the mid-season test that prepped the Quakers for the all-important Heps, Regionals and NCAA Championships set to take place over the next several weeks.
The Penn women were first to the starting boxes at 1:30 p.m. ET. In a field that featured 24 schools ranked or receiving votes in the latest USTFCCCA poll, the Quaker women showed they are one of the top teams in the country with today’s performances as they finished 14th in the team standings.
Ashley Montgomery once again led the way for the Red and Blue, pacing herself to a 13th place finish in 20:28. Today’s result marked the fourth-straight top-15 finish for Montgomery who has two individual wins in 2016 under her belt; her performance today shows that she can be a top contender at the NCAA Championships later this fall. The senior harrier averaged a pace of 5:30 through the 6k race and moved up nearly 10 spots on the field in the final 2,000.
Following closely behind Montgomery was Cleo Whiting as the second scoring runner for the women. Whiting crossed the line in 49th place in 20:58 while Abby Hong, Erin Feeney and Clarissa Whiting rounded out the top-5 by all finishing within the top-100 at the meet. Freshman Christina Rancan rounded out the Quaker contingent, taking the sixth spot in the team standings and 166th overall.
The men also ran well amid a highly-competitive field that showcased 25 teams ranked or receiving votes in the USTFCCCA poll. The men powered to a 20th place finish in the team standings behind Brendan Shearn’s 46th place individual finish. Shearn traversed the 8k course in 24:33 by averaging 4:57 pace through the course and moved up 31 spots over the final 6k for his top-50 standing.
Behind Shearn was classmate Nick Tuck in the second scoring position as he crossed the finish in 56th place in 24:39. Chris Luciano and Chris Hatler followed closely behind just 58 spots behind Tuck while Ross Wilson rounded out the Penn scorers in 159th.
The Quakers will look to build upon today’s performances when they return to action next week at the Haverford Invitational on Oct. 21. Following the conclusion of regular season racing, the Red and Blue have their eyes set to Oct. 29 for the Heptagonal Championships and the Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Nov. 11.
Penn Women’s Results:
Team: 14th out of 31 (353 pts.)
13. Ashley Montgomery – 20:28
49. Cleo Whiting – 20:58
94. Abby Hong – 21:21
98. Erin Feeney – 21:23
100. Clarissa Whiting – 21:25
166. Christina Rancan – 22:08
Penn Men’s Results:
Team: 20th of 31 (486 pts.)
46. Brendan Shearn – 24:33
56. Nick Tuck – 24:39
101. Chris Luciano – 25:02
124. Chris Hatler – 25:14
159. Ross Wilson – 25:36
164. Pat Hally – 25:44
188. Kevin Monogue – 26:47