Women's Cross Country Takes Sixth at Heps

New York, N.Y. - The Penn women's cross country team took its best finish at the Heptagonal Championships in three years, placing sixth in the race, held Friday at Van Cortlandt Park in New York.

The Quakers' sixth place finish is their best since placing fourth in 2007. Their 168 points put them ahead of both Dartmouth and Yale. Princeton won again with just 33 points, as four of the runners finished in the top ten.

Penn was led once again by sophomore Leslie Kovach, who placed 13th in the competition with a time of 17:53.2 in the 5K. For her efforts, she was named second-team All-Ivy. She is the first All-Ivy selection for the Quakers since 2008. Fellow classmates Megan Powell and Margaret Diacont came in 24th and 27th respectively. Powell finished in 18:03.4 while Diacont ran the course in 18:11.1.

Freshman Catherine Phillips was the fourth Quaker to finish, taking 50th (18:44.0) while junior Veronica Salcido was fifth in 54th (18:58.4). Kimberly Condino (19:04.5) and freshman Christine Cohick (19:32.7) were the sixth and seventh runners to finish for the Red and Blue.

Penn returns to action when it races in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Nov. 13.