PHILADELPHIA--The women’s cross country team opens the 2008 season this weekend at the Old Nassau Run in Princeton, N.J. Not only will the run be a good first meet for the Quakers, but it will provide an opportunity for them to race on the course that will host the NCAA Regional in November.
“In this first meet, we want to run as a team, see what our freshmen can give us and where our upperclassmen are,” said Head Coach Gwen Harris. “We’re going to be up against some very good teams, and we’re just looking to see where we are and what we need to work on more than anything. I’m hoping to have nice weather and let everyone get a good first meetunder their belt.”
After graduating distance stalwarts Stacy Kim and Claire Kim, Penn is looking for who will replace them. The top picks are seniors Kinjal Parikh and Leah Brogan. Brogan was Penn’s second finisher in three of five races last year, and first in one. She stepped up with a big meet at the NCAA Regional with a season-best time of 21:04 for the 6K course. She clocked 18:03.6 at the 5K Heptagonal race.
Parikh was in the mix as well, scoring for Penn in all five races. She ran her season-best 5K time of 18:27.1 at Heptagonals and registered a 21:46 at the 6K NCAA Regional meet.
Others to watch include Charlotte Lawson and Kimberly Shooshan, both of whom scored in meets last season.
The Quakers will start the 2008 season at 10 a.m. in Princeton, N.J.