Women's Cross Country to Race in Paul Short Invitational

PHILADELPHIA - The women's cross country gets back to the course following a week off when they take part in the 37th annual Paul Short Invitational Friday morning.

The Paul Short Invitational is one of the largest races in the country, with more than 5,000 runners from 230 colleges and high schools scheduled to compete in races which begin at 10 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.

Last year the Quakers finished seventh out of 40 teams and were just one of five teams to have each of their top five runners place in the top 100. Junior Laura Steel was the top finisher for the Red and Blue, taking 38th. Sophomore Margaret Diacont and Leslie Kovach rounded out Penn's top three, taking 61st and 67th.

This season Penn enters the race following a pair of strong showings. After winning the Fordham Fiasco, the Quakers took fourth out of 17 teams at the Iona Meet of Champions. Kovach turned in her second consecutive second place finish, while first year Catherine Phillips was the second Penn runner to cross, in 12th. Sophomore Megan Powell took 16th and Diacont took 26th.