Women's XC Continues to Impress, Takes Fourth at Penn State


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Penn women’s cross country team shined among tough competition at the 2005 Penn State National Cross Country Meet at the Penn State Blue Course. The Quakersfinished fourthbehind nationally ranked Duke, Providence and Tennessee and finished ahead of Ivy League foe Cornell.

Once again, sophomores Stacy Kim and Claire Kim paced the Quakers. Stacy led the Red and Blue with a 19th-place finish in a time of 21:34; her time was just one minute behind winner Shannon Rowbury of Duke. Claire completed the 6K course in 21:44 and finished in 25th place. Rookie Leah Brogan finished third for the Quakers and 48th overall. Sophomore Jamie Liberti and junior Christina Morrison finished 62nd and 63rd, respectively, with times of 22:32 and 22:33. Freshman Kinjal Parikh was 98th and junior Jackie Dunn rounded outPenn's scoring in 160th. Parikh finished with a time of 23:03, while Dunn completed the course in 23:53.

Duke --the No. 1-ranked women’s team in the nation --hadits runners finishfirst, second and third in the race and had two more competitors in the Top 10 to easily outdistance the field with 22 points. Providence, which is ranked 18th in the nation, had 103 points and finished second, while No. 20 Tennessee finished third with 120 points. The Red and Blue were fourth with 217 points, and Ohio State rounded out the Top Five with 238 points. Penn's fellow Ivy Leaguers, Cornell, placed eighth.

Penn will have next weekend off to gear up for the 2005 Heptagonal Championships which will take place Friday, Oct. 28 at Van Cortland Park in New York City.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications