Women's Cross Country Finishes Fifth at Heps

Women's Heps Results

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Penn women's cross country team finished fifth at the 2006 Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, which were run Friday morning at Van Cortlandt Park.

The 5-kilometer race was marked by a quick first mile and proceeded from there.

Princeton took the women's title for thefirst time since 1980, giving the Tigers a sweep of the day as their men had already won. The Princeton women scored 42 points and had eight runnersamong the top 18 finishers. The win ended a four-year reign atop the Heps podium by Columbia, which scored 64 points to claim second place. Cornell was a close third (68 points), while Yale was fourth (95) followed by the Quakers with 129 points. Dartmouth (153), Brown (162) and Harvard (237) rounded out the field.

Junior Stacy Kim led the way for Penn Friday, claiming first-team All-Ivy honors with a time of 17:45.3 and a sixth-place finish overall. Leah Brogan was next for the Quakers, at 18:20.6 (23rd), followed by Claire Kim in 18:24.3 (29th) and Kinjal Parikhin 18:33.6 (35th). Christina Morrison rounded out Penn's scoring quintet, with a time of 18:37.9 (36th).

Yale's Lindsay Donaldson won individual honors, clocking 17:05.4 to win by more than nine seconds over second-place Toni-Lynn Salucci of Cornell. Donaldson's time was the third-fastest recorded in Heps history at Van Cortlandt Park, ironically right behind her own time from a year ago when she finished second to Columbia's Caroline Bierbaum.

Nyam Kagwima --also of Cornell --was third, followed by Columbia's Carmen Ballard, Princeton's Christy Johnson and Kim. Princeton swept to the title by taking the 7-8-9 spots and then placing its fifth runner in 13th overall.