XC Prepped for Main Line Invitational Friday

Date: Friday, September 16
Location: Haverford College
Time: 5:00 p.m. (Women’s 3 Mile), 5:30 p.m. (Men’s 4 Mile)
Teams: Penn, Villanova, La Salle, Haverford, Temple, Widener, Swarthmore, additional local colleges
Address: Haverford College – Alumni Cross Country Course
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, Pa. 19041

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania cross country teams make their second appearance of the fall on Friday, running in the Main Line Invitational at Haverford College. Local squads will embark on the Alumni Cross Country Course for the annual meet with races set for 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

The women’s squad enters Friday fresh off capturing the Big 5 Invitational last week with an impressive 17 team points and the top-4 individual finishes in the race. Led by Ashley Montgomery (14:16.8), Clarissa Whiting (14:21.1), Cleo Whiting (14:21.9) and Erin Feeney (14:28.6) the Quakers took home their third-consecutive city title. Abby Hong also scored for the Quakers, finishing seventh with a time of 14:44.6. Marin Warner and Rachel Beston rounded out the Quakers top-7 in eighth and ninth place, respectively.

On the men’s side, the Quakers were equally dominate with senior Nick Tuck (18:57.0) leading the way averaging 5:05 mile pace. Fellow senior and team captain Brendan Shearn crossed the finish just under eight seconds later while sophomore Patrick Hally clocked third for the 1-2-3 finish. Rounding out the Penn top-5 were Kevin Monogue in fifth and Chris Luciano in eighth, while Aaron Groff and Tom Connelly finalized the Quaker top-7.

In all, the Red and Blue pushed six harriers into the top-10 while the five scoring members averaged 19:07 over the 6k course.

The Quaker men took home the Main Line Invite title last season in the first year for team scoring in the event, while the women placed second at the meet. The Red and Blue recorded strong showings on both sides, with the women putting together a 3-4-8-9-12 finish from their top-five runners, while the men finished 2-4-6-7-8.

About Penn Cross Country
*Both the men and women are ranked in Week 1 of the USTFCCCA (United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) national polls following impressive performances last weekend. The women clock in at No. 23 while the men are registered at No. 29. The ranking marks the highest in program history for the Quaker women.  

*The Quakers are also ranked amongst the top teams in the region as the 2016 season gets underway. The men register at No. 2 in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic region while the women come in at No. 3.

*Both the men and women captured team titles at last week’s Big 5 Invitational, while seniors Ashley Montgomery and Nick Tuck were individual champions.

*The Quaker men placed second at last year’s NCAA Regional meet to earn an automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship, while the women placed sixth overall at the Mid-Atlantic regional.

*The Penn men return a seasoned group of upperclassmen from a team that made their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1975 last year, including five of the top-7 from the NCAA Championship meet. Brendan Shearn, Nick Tuck, Kevin Monogue, Patrick Hally and Ross Wilson will lead the Red and Blue this season along with a group of underclassmen that will push to make the top-7.

*Ashley Montgomery comes back to lead the Quaker women following an individual NCAA qualification last year for cross country. Alongside the 2015 First-Team All-Ivy honoree, the women welcome back all five of their scoring members in Montgomery, Cleo Whiting, Clarissa Whiting, Abby Hong and team captain Isabel Griffith.

*Isabel Griffith and Brendan Shearn have been tabbed as the 2016 cross country captains.