Penn Cross Country qualifying for Nationals didn’t play out in the way you’d expect.
The women, having just placed third as a team at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship meet, spent the first half of the ride back to campus with their collective breath held.
This past Friday, Penn cross country took on some of the nation’s best — and the men and women proved that they were up for the challenge.
Out of 31 teams, which included seven of the nation's top twelve women’s teams and six of the top twelve-ranked men’s teams, the Quakers finished 14th and 20th, respectively.
The cross country team continued their winning streak this weekend with both the men’s and women’s teams taking first at the Main Line Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Most students on campus last Friday stayed cooped up in an air-conditioned room, shying away from the unbearable Philadelphia heat. The Penn cross country teams did not.
About a month into her new role as assistant cross country coach, Juli Benson calls the position “a dream come true.”
Ask any member of the Penn cross country team and they will tell you that their focus lies on the months ahead.
It’s not uncommon for graduating seniors to leave holes in a team’s roster -- but this particular one is about the size of the Grand Canyon.
With the departure of all-world runner Tom Awad, Penn men’s track and field will look to adjust to life without the two-time defending Ivy Heptagonal champion.
Although Penn boasts countless spectacular student-athletes, the most impressive aspect of their success may not even be the athletic success itself.
Over the past few years, Penn men’s cross country has largely been a showcase for one of the top runners in the nation: Thomas Awad. And what a showcase it has been.
There are no two ways about it: 2013 was a transition year for Penn cross country, but the program still had its fair share of bright moments.
The adage goes: “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”, but starting a distance race on the right foot sure can’t hurt.
In almost any sport, if you spend the fewest minutes on the field of anyone on the team, it makes you a scrub or a benchwarmer. In cross country, though, this same condition makes you something different entirely: a star.
Expectations for sports teams can
be a gift and a curse. This is one of the key issues at hand for Penn cross country entering the 2014 season.
The Penn women’s cross country team finds itself in with freshman phenoms — and identical twin sisters — Cleo and Clarissa Whiting.
This Saturday, freshman Cleo Whiting and sophomore Thomas Awad will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., where they will both compete in the NCAA National Cross Country Championships. Indiana State’s LaVern Gibson Championship Course will play host this weekend to not only the nation’s best cross country teams, but also the fastest individual runners in the country.
The Penn cross country team picked a really good day to have its best race of the season.
After a strong showing two weeks ago at Heptagonal Championships, the Red and Blue are looking to improve upon their pre-meet rankings of ninth for the men and eighth for the women. Both teams are chasing top six finishes in the region.
The men and women of Penn cross country both finished in sixth place at Saturday’s Heptagonal Championships — the Ivy League’s de facto championship meet — in Princeton.
Penn’s cross country runners might be young, but they know their history. And they know full well how important it is to succeed at Saturday’s Heptagonal Championships at Princeton, an Ivy tradition since 1934.
Part of the team competed in the Princeton Invitational, while other runners competed in the Pre-National Invitational at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind.