PHILADELPHIA - Women's cross country will look to improve on third place in last weekend's Fordham Fiasco when they travel back to Van Cortlandt Park for a second straight week to take part in the Iona Meet of Champions, scheduled for 9:30 on Saturday morning. The course will change slightly as it is adjusted from a 5k last weekend to a 6k in this race.
In the season-opening race, Leslie Kovach finished in third place and flashed her finishing kick, outrunning several opponents to the finish line. Margaret Diacont ran a strong race and was the second Quaker to the line, placing 14th. This week will also mark the collegiate debut of Ariel Beauregard-Breton, a highly touted freshman from Quebec.
A field of 24 will challenge Penn, ranked eighth in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the latest USTFCCCA rankings. Among the top contenders are the Boston College Eagles, ranked 26th nationally, and fellow Ivy Leaguers Columbia and Brown, ranked fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Northeast Region.
Following the Iona Meet of Champions, the Quakers will have a week of rest before heading to the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. on Sept. 30.