Women's Cross Country Heads to NCAA Regionals

PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women’s cross country team heads to Lock Haven, Pa., Saturday for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Bucknell. The 6,000 meter race begins at 11 a.m. on Lock Haven’s campus.

The Quakers finished fifth at the 2006 Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, Oct. 27. Stacy Kim led the charge with a sixth-place overall finish, first-team All-Ivy honors and a time of 17:45.3 on the 5K course. Also scoring for Penn was Leah Brogan at 18:20.6 (23rd), Claire Kim at 18:24.3 (29th), Kinjal Parikh at 18:33.6 (35th) and Christina Morrison at 18:37.9 (36th).

Penn came in seventh with 197 points at the 2005 NCAA Regionals. Stacy Kim led the Quakers in that race as well with a 19th-place overall finish and a time of 21:16.0. She was the only Penn finisher in the top-25. Brogan placed 27th (21:34.5) while Jamie Liberti was 32nd followed by Morrison (40th) and Claire Kim (79th). Parikh and Jaqueline Dunn also ran with 91st and 99th finishes, respectively.

Penn is ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Leading the regional rankings is Georgetown, who is also ranked 15th nationally, followed by Heps champion Princeton. The Tigers won last year’s regional race and are currently ranked 20th nationally.

The two top teams will advance to the NCAA national championships, as well as the top four individuals who are not on either qualifying team.