Regional Repeat, Women's Cross Country Place Sixth

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – In the finale of the cross country season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s team finished sixth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by Penn State on Friday. Competing on the 6k course, two Quakers finished among the region’s top twenty to lead the Red and Blue to 183 team points.

Georgetown’s Katrina Coogan was the first runner across the line, completing the 6k in 20:06. The Hoyas, ranked No. 2 in the nation, also took first overall with a team score of 38 points for an automatic bid to the championships. Also qualifying to go to Terre Haute was West Virginia, ranked No. 7 in the nation. The Mountaineers scores 42 points and placed second with their top two runners finishing second and third. Princeton, Villanova, and Penn State took the next three team spots with 125 points, 128 points, and 155 points, respectively.

Penn was the sixth team out of 29 in the region and totaled 183 points. Twin sophomore sisters Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting finished within the region’s top twenty runners, scoring 19 and 20 points, respectively, for the Red and Blue to earn All-Region honors. Crossing the line at 21:10, Cleo finished this year’s race four spots ahead of her finish last year when she placed 23rd. Clarissa improved both her placing and her time, improving from 35th to 20th and 21:20 to 21:12.

The third Quaker to finish for Penn was sophomore Ashley Montgomery, who ran the course in 21:42 and finished 42. Juniors Elyssa Gensib (21:56) and captain Amy Darlington (21:59) rounded out the top five runners, scoring 50 and 52 points for the Red and Blue.

The top two teams in each region automatically earn a bid to the NCAA D-I Cross Country Championships. The remaining 13 at-large bids are then determine through a selection process of reviewing all competition results. Once all teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected to compete. Of the teams that were not selected, the top four finishers are automatically selected, as long as they have finished within the region’s top 25. Two additional athletes, who have finished in the regional top 25, will be selected from the remainder of the national pool as at-large individuals.

Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. Georgetown, 38 pts
2. WVU, 42 pts
3. Princeton, 125 pts
4. Villanova, 128 pts
5. PSU, 155 pts
6. Penn, 183
7. Duquesne, 209
8. Bucknell, 232
9. Navy, 294
10. Rutgers, 295