XC Grabs Men's, Women's Titles at Main Line Invitational

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Another week, another double-win for the University of Pennsylvania cross country teams as the men and women both brought back team titles from the Main Line Invitational on Friday afternoon.

Senior Ashley Montgomery notched her second-straight individual win in a row, following up her performance from the Big 5 Invite with another first place finish this week.

“These are some of my favorite races,” said Montgomery following the race. “It takes seven people to get a good team score and we’re all training really well together as a team.”

The harrier led the way as the Quakers went 1-3-4-6-8 for 22 team points in the first of two races of the afternoon. Following closely behind were seniors Cleo Whiting (16:49.5) and Clarissa Whiting (16:55.1) in third and fourth place while Abby Hong and Erin Feeney rounded out the scoring runners in sixth and eighth place, respectively. Christina Rancan and Isabel Griffith finished 12th and 13th to place in the top-7.

“It was a great win for us and it was a really good effort,” said head coach Steve Dolan. “Haverford always puts on a really nice meet and it’s nice to race against some of the other Philly schools. We got some solid times and I’m really excited about where both teams are at. We’ll go on a two-week training block before we head to the Paul Short run where we’ll face a very good field and it’ll be a whole different experience.”

The men registered a 3-4-5-6-8 finish for 26 team points led by senior Lyle Wistar’s (19:44.1) third place individual effort. The Quaker men saw some new faces emerge at the meet as the Red and Blue trained through the early-season test, with freshmen Aaron Groff, Colin Daly and William Daly putting in impressive performances to score in the top-5.

Junior Ross Wilson rounded out the scoring runners for the afternoon while Sam Webb and Tom Connelly placed ninth and 10th to make the top-7 for the Quakers.

With both the men’s and women’s teams coming into the race ranked in the USTFCCCA National Polls, it was a solid performance early on in the 2016 season. Both teams will return to action in two weeks at the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Team Scoring

1.    Penn (22pts.)
2.    Villanova (35pts.)
3.    La Salle (77 pts.)

1.    Penn (28pts.)
2.    Villanova (38pts.)
3.    La Salle (70pts.)