Wisconsin, Princeton Invites Await XC Friday and Saturday

Friday, Oct. 14th – Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational
Thomas Zimmer Championships Cross Country Course, Madison, Wis.
Women’s 6k: 1:30pm ET
Men’s 8K: 2:20pm ET
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Saturday, Oct. 15th – Princeton Invitational

West Windsor Fields, Princeton, N.J.
Women’s 6k: 9:00 a.m.
Men’s 8k: 9:45 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The heart of the cross country season has descended upon the University of Pennsylvania and the most anticipated race of the year thus far awaits the Quakers at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational set to take place on Friday, Oct. 14th in Madison, Wis.

31 teams will compete in both the men’s and women’s races on Friday in what FloTrack has deemed as the top meet of 2016. 25 of the 31 participating schools on the men’s side feature teams ranked or receiving votes in the latest USTFCCCA national poll while the women will have 24 of 31 schools racing that are ranked or receiving votes. The Quakers are included in that list at No. 25 and 26, respectively, for the men and women.

Fans will be able to watch the event live on FloTrack Pro for a nominal fee. The women’s 6k championship race kicks off a 1:30 p.m. ET while the men will take to the starting line shortly thereafter at 2:20 p.m. ET.

Friday’s meet serves as an important test for the Quakers as they look to earn ‘points’ or wins over teams likely to earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championship via regional qualifying meets. 18 squads will earn auto-bids to the championship while 13 teams will be extended at-large invitations depending on those earned points. For more information on the NCAA qualifying system, click here.

In addition to Friday’s Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, the Quakers will also compete at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 15th. The women’s 6k is set to start at 9 a.m. while the men’s 8k commences at 9:45 a.m.

*The Red and Blue have been 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. 26 nationally, while the men register at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic and No. 25 on the national poll.

*The Quakers enter the Wisconsin Invite following an off week: the Red and Blue last competed at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University on Oct. 1 where the men finished 4th of 38 teams and the women placed 3rd out of 45.

*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.  

*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 and Feeney were named HepsTrack.com women’s runner of the week and rookie of the week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 3rd for their performances at the Paul Short Run.

*Montgomery comes back to lead the Quaker women following an individual NCAA qualification last year for cross country. Alongside the 2015 First-Team All-Ivy honoree, the women welcome back all five of their scoring members.

*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 recorded a ninth-place individual finish at Paul Short during the Quakers last outing and was the individual winner at Big 5.

*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.