XC Teams Jump in Mid-Atlantic Rankings

PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off a sweep at the Princeton Invitational over the weekend, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s cross country teams each moved up in the latest USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic rankings. The men’s squad achieved its highest ranking in program history, moving up four slots to No. 2, while the women leapt up to No. 5.

The men’s team, which now sits behind just Georgetown in the rankings, topped a stout 21-team field at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday.

The Quakers recorded five runners in the top 12 of a field that featured 11 teams that are ranked in the Mid-Atlantic this week, including nationally-ranked Villanova (No. 12 in last week’s USTFCCCA Poll). Junior Nick Tuck led the Penn contingent, placing fifth with a time of 23:59.6. Thomas Awad (7th), Brendan Shearn (8th) and Patrick Hally (10th) all joined Tuck in the top 10, while senior Clark Shurtleff rounded out Penn’s scoring with a 12th-place finish. The Quakers tallied 42 total points, nine better than second-place Villanova.

It was more of the same on the women’s side, as the Quakers finished atop a strong 24-team field on Saturday.

Ashley Montgomery continued her impressive junior season, registering her third top-five finish of the fall. Montgomery placed fourth with a time 21:02.6, leading a Penn attack that put five runners in the top 29. Fellow Juniors Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting also posted top-ten scores, with Cleo finishing eighth with a time of 21:23.5 and Clarissa placing ninth with a mark of 21:26.1. Penn finished 11 points better than the rest of the field, with Guelph -- a Canadian team that won the Paul Short Invite earlier this season -- placing second. 11 teams ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region competed at the Princeton Invitational.

It is the second meet victory for each squad this season. The women opened the fall campaign with a victory at the Big 5 Invitational, while the men snagged first place at the Main Line Invitational on September 18.

The Quakers will have a weekend off, before they head off to the Ivy Heptagonal Championships on October 30 at Van Cortlandt Park.