Women's XC Places Fourth at Heps

Final Heps Results

NEW YORK – The Penn women’s cross country team had a surprise at the No. 5 position at Friday’s Heptagonal Championships, and that was the difference as the Quakers took fourth place.

Penn scored 116 points in the 5K race at Van Cortlandt Park, just one ahead of fifth-place Harvard. Princeton – ranked fourth in the nation – easily won the event, with 25 points, followed by Columbia (69) and Brown (104).

“The women did a great job today,” said head coach Gwen Harris. “Seeing our times, and where we placed, this tells me that we can do some things. We stepped up to the plate, and that excites me.”

Stacy Kim was Penn’s first finisher Friday morning, clocking 17:52.3 to finish 10th overall and earn second-team All-Ivy. It marked the seventh-best time by a Penn woman on this course. Leah Brogan also earned second-team All-Ivy, placing 14th overall in 18:03.6.

Kinjal Parikh was the Quakers’ No. 3 Friday, earning 24 points and clocking 18:27.1; Claire Kim was fourth among Penn and scored 28 points in 18:30.0; and a surprise at No. 5 was Jamie Liberti who clocked 18:45.7 and scored 40 points.

Charlotte Lawson (18:59.7) scored 46 points and Anna Aagenes (19:12.3) scored 47 points to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, among Penn runners.

“Stacy and Leah did a great job leading us, and we got great performances from all of the women,” said Harris. “Jamie was a pleasant surprise, she has not been in our top five all year, and to get there in this race is exciting.”

Penn is back in action at the NCAA Regional in two weeks.