PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s cross country team split its squad on Friday afternoon, putting together solid performances at both the Notre Dame and Paul Short Invitationals.
Penn finished tenth out of 21 teams in a highly competitive field at the Notre Dame Blue Race -- which was won by top-ranked New Mexico. Ashley Montgomery led the way for the Quakers, finishing 11th out of 174 runners. The junior raced to a 5K of 16:50, two-tenths of a second from placing in the top ten. Sisters, Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting were the next two finishers for Penn. Cleo put together a 29th-place finish with a time of 17:10, while Clarissa clocked in at 17:30.2 to come in 58th. Sophomore Isabel Griffith recorded a time of 17:49.5 to finish 87th, while senior captain Amy Darlington rounded out the Penn scoring with a time of 18:11.7.
Sophomore Abby Hong and senior Gabrielle Cuccia also competed in the Blue Race in South Bend, placing 113th and 125th respectively. Hong rounded the course in 18:17, while Cuccia registered a time of 18.28.2.
The Quakers placed seventh out of 45 teams at the Paul Short Brown Race. A pair of freshmen paced the Penn contingent, as Olivia Ryan (21:56) finished 14th out of 387 runners and Carole Harsch (22:01) placed 16th. Senior Shannon McCarthy followed in 40th place, clocking in at 22:17. Freshman Karli Visconto put together a time of 23:00, finishing 105th in the process. Sophomore Emily Fisher closed out the scoring for the Quakers, registering a time of 23:15.
The Quakers will be back in action on October 17, when they take the short trip to New Jersey for the Princeton Invitational.
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