Women's XC Wins Second Straight Big 5 Title

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s cross country team made it back-to-back Big 5 championships on Friday evening after placing four runners in the top five of the annual race at Belmont Plateau. The Quakers finished second on the men’s side, falling seven points shy of first-place Saint Joseph’s.

Ashley Montgomery (14:15.3), Cleo Whiting (14:15.4), Clarissa Whiting (14:15.6) and Abby Hong (14:15.7) all finished within four-tenths of a second of each other—crossing the finish line one after another. The foursome could not catch Temple's Blanca Fernandez, who took home the gold with a mark of 14:11.7. Senior captain Amy Darlington also scored for the Quakers, finishing ninth with a time of 14:32.2.

On the men’s side, the Quakers recorded five of the top 17 times. Sophomore Patrick Hally led the way with an eighth-place finish and a mark of 19:14.9. Senior Clark Shurtleff and freshman Kurt Convey crossed the finish line right behind Hally, clocking identical times of 19:15.1. Convey registered the fastest time of any freshman in the field. Junior Chris Hatler placed 11th, rounding the course in 19:18.1. Senior Keaton Naff was the final scorer for Penn, finishing 17th with a mark of 19:22.9.

The Quakers will be back in action at the Mainline Invitational on September 18.

Download: 2015 Big 5 Invitational.dab_mens.pdf