NEW ORLEANS – With the cross country season set to begin in just a few short weeks, the University of Pennsylvania Quakers have entered the polls as two of the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic region according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Following the regional rankings released on Monday, Aug. 29th, the Penn men’s cross country team enters 2016 as the No. 2 team in the Mid-Atlantic region following their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1975 just a year ago. They return a seasoned group of upperclassmen including five of the top-7 from the NCAA Championship meet held last November including Nick Tuck, Brendan Smith, Kevin Monogue, Pat Hally and Ross Wilson. They placed second at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet to earn an auto-berth to the championships in 2015.
The Quaker women have also earned at top-5 regional ranking and clock in at No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region for the preseason polls. Following a strong track season, the Penn women jumped from sixth to third and also return a strong group of upperclassmen led by NCAA performer and First-Team All-Ivy honoree Ashley Montgomery. The Quakers welcome back their top-five women in Montgomery, Cleo and Clarissa Whiting, Abby Hong and Isabel Griffith and will have fresh crop of underclassmen who will look to push the top-7 throughout the season.
Penn opens the 2016 season on Sept. 9th when they
compete in the Big 5 Invitational at Belmont Plateau beginning at 5:30 p.m. in