PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s cross country team made it a clean sweep on Saturday morning, joining the men’s squad in winning the Princeton Invitational. In addition to the victory at Princeton, the Quakers also sent harriers to the Leopard Invitational -- but not enough to register a team score.
Penn finished with 71 total points at the Princeton Invitational, 11 better than the rest of the 24-team field -- which featured 10 teams currently ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Guelph, a highly-competitive team out of Canada that won the Paul Short Invite two weeks ago, placed second behind the Quakers.
Junior Ashley Montgomery paced the Quakers' attack, placing fourth with a time of 21:02.6. Sisters, Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting, finished back-to-back at eighth and ninth place respectively. Cleo clocked in at 21:23.5, while Clarissa raced to a time of 21:26.1. Sophomore Isabel Griffith finished 21st with a time of 21:47.8, while sophomore Abby Hong rounded out the Penn scoring with a time of 22:10.2 and a 29th-place finish.
Shannon McCarthy led the way for the Quakers at the Leopard Invitational, finishing 11th with a time of 23:03.23. Sophomore Emily Fisher and freshman Karli Visconto followed, placing 15th and 16th respectively. Sophomore Brianna Bradley was the final finisher for Penn, placing 27th.
The Quakers will be back in action on October 30, when they compete at the 2015 Ivy Heptagonal Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.