PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s cross country teams will split their squads this weekend, sending harriers to both the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. and the Paul Short Invitational in nearby Bethlehem, Pa. The Notre Dame Invite will feature a highly-competitive field with six men’s and four women’s squads ranked in the top-30 nationally, including top-ranked New Mexico on the women’s side.
The Quakers are each coming off weekends in which they did not compete, but both the men and women brandish meet victories this season. Most recently, the men’s squad put together the top five scores at the Main Line Invitational to secure a first-place team finish. Junior Nick Tuck led the way, clocking in at 19:28 and finishing first of all attached runners. Sophomore Ross Wilson followed Tuck, racing to a mark of 19:34. Penn’s next four runners were all within 11 seconds of each other. Senior Clark Shurtleff and sophomore Patrick Hally led the pack, finishing with identical 19:36 times. Junior Brendan Shearn was the final scorer for Penn and fifth-best attached runner, rounding the course in 19:42. Brendan Smith placed right behind Shearn at 19:47.
On the women’s side, junior Ashley Montgomery and sophomore Abby Hong paced a Quaker attack that placed five within the top 13 and finished second at the Main Line Invite. Montgomery took home third with a time of 16:38, while Hong clocked a 16:52 to finish fifth. Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting were the next scorers for Penn -- coming in at 9th and 10th, respectively.
The women opened the fall season with a first-place triumph at the Big 5 Invitational. The Quakers put four runners in the top-five, with Montgomery (14:15.3), Cleo Whiting (14:15.4), Clarissa Whiting (14:15.6) and Hong (14:15.7) all finishing four-tenths of a second of each other. Senior captain Amy Darlington also scored for the Quakers, finishing ninth with a time of 14:32.2.