The Penn women’s cross country team will compete in the 57th running of the Heptagonal Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 28 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.
The Quakers have a young but talented squad set to run. Leading the pack will be Stacy Kim and Claire Kim. The sophomore twin sisters from Fullerton, Calif. have finished 1-2 for the Red and Blue all season and have shown they can hang around with the top runners in the East. Stacy and Claire finished 19th and 25th, respectively, among tough competition at the Penn State National meet two weeks ago and at the Paul Short Run, Claire finished fifth and Stacy followed in sixth.
Newcomer Leah Brogan has been impressive in her first season with the Red and Blue. Brogan paced herself right behind the twins, finishing 48th at Penn State and 22nd at the Paul Short Run. Brogan along with the Kim twins, also broke the course record at the Delaware Invitational en route to a fifth-place finish.
Veterans Jillian Connell, Jackie Dunn and Christina Morrison along with sophomore Jamie Liberti and newcomers Christine Capetola, Michelle Cassidy, Charlotte Lawson, Kinjal Parikh and Elizabeth Rosenblatt will also be competing at the League Championships.
Penn looks to improve upon last season’s eighth-place showing. Columbia has won the last three championships and is seeking a fourth-straight title a feat that has not been accomplished since Dartmouth did so from 1994 to 1997.
The start of the women’s 5K run will be 10:30 Friday morning.