PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off a bye week, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s cross country teams will split their squads this weekend for the Princeton and Leopard Invitationals. The Princeton Invite provides a final tune-up for Penn’s top runners prior to the Ivy Heptagonal Championships on October 30. The women’s 6K is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., while the men will take the course at 11:15 a.m.
The men and women split up the last time they were in action as well, sending harriers to both the Notre Dame and Paul Short Invites on October 2.
The women’s team finished tenth out of 21 teams in a highly competitive field at the Notre Dame Blue Race -- which was won by top-ranked New Mexico. Ashley Montgomery led the way for the Quakers, finishing 11th out of 174 runners. The junior raced to a 5K of 16:50, two-tenths of a second from placing in the top ten. Sisters, Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting, were the next two finishers for Penn. Cleo put together a 29th-place finish with a time of 17:10, while Clarissa clocked in at 17:30.2 to come in 58th. Sophomore Isabel Griffith recorded a time of 17:49.5 to finish 87th, while senior captain Amy Darlington rounded out the Penn scoring with a time of 18:11.7.
The Quaker men finished 11th out of 20 teams at the Notre Dame Blue Race, which featured six squads ranked in the top 30 nationally. Running in his first race of the fall, senior Thomas Awad paced the Quakers -- finishing 17th out of 169 runners. The 2014 Ivy League Champion registered a five-mile time of 24:08.5. Junior Nick Tuck came in behind Awad in 25th place, recording a mark of 24:19.5. Brendan Smith and Brendan Shearn finished four-tenths of a second of each other, coming in at 48th and 49th-place respectively. Smith was clocked in at 24:41.8, while Shearn posted a time of 24:42.2. Senior Clark Shurtleff capped off the Quakers’ scoring, finishing 107th with a mark of 25:11.8.
The course at Princeton is also the setting for the NCAA Regionals scheduled for November 13.