Youth Movement Sparks Men's Cross Country at Iona

Men's Race Results (pdf)

NEW YORK CITY - The men's cross country team may come to experience some growing pains at times this season, but the future is bright and the present doesn't look too bad either. Led by three freshmen among the top five, Penn wrapped up the Iona Meet of Champions in sixth place out of 14 teams on Saturday at New York City's Van Cortlandt Park.

Brendan Smith was one of only 15 runners to break the 26:00 barrier in the 8K race, becoming the first Quaker across the finish line in 12th place with a time of 25:57.37. He was followed shortly thereafter by a second freshman, Brandon Clark, who finished 24th in 26:19.98.

Senior John Foye placed third for Penn, closing out the race in 26:29.82 to finish 30th overall. He edged out Thomas Awad at the finish, who was 31st with a time of 26:30.91. Captain George Dickson III rounded out the Quaker scoring in 41st position in 26:38.27.

Brown was the overall champion, collecting only 44 points in the race. Though the Quakers will have some work to do before October's Heptagonals, they can take some satisfaction in their victory over Columbia on Saturday. The Lions finished 28 points behind Penn's total of 138, finishing seventh overall.

The Red and Blue will have next weekend off before competing at the Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 28. The race, now in its 38th year, always draws a crowd and will be a nice early-season barometer for Steve Dolan and crew in his first year at the helm. The men's race is set for 11 a.m. next Friday.

Download: MOC-Men.pdf